August 16, 2012
We have learned from the blog of Hayden Jared that we can get a free version of SpicyNodes in his “SpicyNodes Evaluation“. The nodemap application is billed as “a fresh, visual way to guide visitors on a journey through your Web site.” I think it is pretty nifty.
The free version does have limited capabilities, of course, but would be enough to get a feel for the software. Even a visit to SpicyNode’s home page serves as a good example of how the application can function for a Web site. Here’s Jared’s take:
“The layout does provide a very coherent and simple tool for categorizing and viewing information. One particularly underdeveloped aspect of the site is that there aren’t live links or videos embedded within the different bubbles of text within the SpicyNodes node-map. This makes the site more simple in that it is very self-contained. But it also limits the interactive possibilities that the site could have.”
Perhaps for GenY, the lack of embedded busyness is a point against SpicyNodes, but for me it is a plus. The design is clean, professional, and easy to navigate, all very important when trying to attract and retain traffic. The customization possibilities for the look and functionality are endless, and the site provides detailed advice for groups like museums, educators, communities, and businesses.
It is difficult to describe this interactive visual tool in words. I highly recommend you check out SpicyNodes for yourself.
Cynthia Murrell, August 16, 2012