Future Improvement

Under the context of this project, when I am talking about the future improvement of WordPress, I am actually considering how WordPress could change so that it could better suit libraries to attract more young patrons and promote their information and resources in a higher efficient way.

Create a new mobile app of WordPress could be a good idea.

Currently, though WordPress has an app for mobile devices, you might not see many people using it. The reason, in my opinion, is that the mobile edition of WordPress is just a smaller view of the webpage one. As many other app productions developed from PC devices, WordPress seems doesn’t focus much on the creation of its mobile app: same functions, same user experience. The problem is, WordPress is not a microblogging tool or a social networking site-it’s a blogging production with long, academic writing style, detail-focused blog posts. Articles of a library blog might be easy to view with a PC but not a cell phone. When people, especially young adults and teenagers are in the subway, buses or having meals, they need some interesting news or information in a short, impressive language.

Hence, to get more young users involved in the user community, a totally different mobile app edition of WordPress is necessary.

Build closer relationship between the bloggers and readers.

After adding the plugin of Facebook, WordPress also added the “share” and “like” buttons into its pages. With the former functions like tags, comments and categories, it seems that a perfect interaction of the whole user community is going to work. However, if you click into blog posts in WordPress, you would find that there are nearly no one using “like” or making much comments, thus making these blogs more like some sort of one-way knowledge-you just read them, accept them, and close the page, without any feedback.

Such problem makes libraries much more difficult to figure out what exactly do the young patrons really care and want to know about. Librarians are trying to post everything they think might be helpful or attractive to young adults and teenagers, but without feedback, they would never know which of the posts are right choices.

Attempt to send recommendations actively

One thing that WordPress is different from other social media, as mentioned by the librarian in the interview, is that you could not find much junk information through the subscription of your specific following blogs. WordPress is offering its users the greatest freedom to choose information.

However, situation might be different when it comes to the young adults and teenager users. People at their ages are receiving information from the whole world, they need instructions and guidance from others to help them to get to know more about this world. If WordPress keeps treating this group of users as the same way as it does for others, these young users could be confused about what they need from WordPress and quit using because of the lack of the guidance for helping them to find blogs that could really suit them.

Therefore, WordPress could ask new users to fill in their ages and interests into their personal profiles, and actively send recommendations to young users based on their interests and needs. And libraries, would definitely obtain more concentration from the change.

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