If you're not on the first page of a Google search do you get seen? Yes, maybe, but obviously nowhere near as much if you are on page 2, 3...10
I maybe looking at this wrongly, but it seems like more than a few sites/ socials/ outlets know this and have adjusted their initial view of their first page design of their sites to show you more without having to look much further than the first page.
I have noticed more than a few newer websites be just one page so all the reader needs to do is scroll, not click through multiple pages.
Basically people are lazy, clicking and scrolling is time consuming, but just tapping you spacebar to move your screen down a notch is 'easy'...if they don't find this do they move on to somewhere that's more visual and takes less time to find what they like.
All the following screenshots were taken this morning of home pages to show what I'm saying.
When I go to the first/ home page of Cake I see maybe two conversations -
...but if I take the same screenshot from a few random places, Apple news for example, I see nine articles without scrolling
Yahoo shows me at least 12 I can click on
ADVrider shows me four...
NY Times shows me over 20 options to find the story or topic I want
I saw @Dracula post last night, this one below. It's not the point he was making, but could some of what he's saying be down to not having the topic in front of you and have to go searching for it and have to take time getting past stuff you aren't interested in?
I love the simplicity and minimalist look of Cake and its layout...but is it that, the layout allowing great potential topics disappear off page one, never to be seen again keeping readers and responders staying around and interacting more, simply because or the lack of access.
I personally find myself clicking on more stories on a news site if I can see them right there, no searching, no scrolling, no clicking a magnifying glass to open a search and having to type and hope my description matches my target search...how about you?
I see @StephenL constantly referring to previous older conversations in his replies to keep good ones fresh, which I hope makes people say to themselves I forgot about that one, and click back to it, or generate new readers.
Searching is easy but does the average reader do that very much on Cake?