I love browsing Uncrate. Yes, I realize it’s a blog geared towards guys, but it’s still one of my favorites for endless images of shiny things.
However, flipping through (and drooling over) endless images requires one to click through several pages, which makes sense. On the bottom of the first page, you get a very clear link to read more on the next page:
More stuff on the next page? Awesome, I like more stuff so I will click and continue my journey. And at the bottom of the second page:
Even more stuff, you say?! Onwards we go. And then:
Lots more stuff? Why yes, I would like to see lots more stuff. On page number four, they begin presenting the standard navigation links:
Augh! Why Uncrate, why?
When it comes to page navigation, the Previous-Next duo is confusing when they’re not supported by any other indicators. On a blog, I always naturally associate “Previous” with posts from a previous time or day. However, the navigation rarely works this way, so I end up going back and forth between pages multiple times.
Now, I’m not saying this terminology should be banished forever – after all, I may be the only odd person who gets confused by this. There are better ways to provide helpful indicators:
As you can see, Mashable also includes page numbers so you won’t/can’t mistake “Previous” as a chronological term.
Dear Internets, please stop using “Previous” and “Next” as your sole navigation signals. Either support them with better clues, or stick to something like “Older” and “Newer”. Thank you.