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How FIRST handles the Web communication?
The World Wide Web, colloquially the Web, was conceived as a full two way communications system between Websites and their users, at large a virtual communication between “owners” and “users”. Owners try to “sell” something to the Web space users –with the World as a Global market- that they suspect could be demanded by their potential Web space users.

As in the real world, owners and users communicate each other throughout an interface, talking in both directions, and each one with their respective “jargon”. Users either pickup something they like (for instance making click on a given hyperlink) or make a requisition or simply post a question. In any case they “speak” in expected understandable units of a Thesaurus, a Thesaurus owners built in advance to understand what their potential users need. However this Thesaurus could be substantially different from the users’ Thesaurus at any moment.

In this sense FIRST manages owners-users interaction with total equanimity. In its preliminary research about Web communication, Intag found that owners and users talk and even think different!. Owners allege to have what their suspected potential users will need, and to guide them they built a rather fixed Thesaurus, a collection of cognitive objects to offer, and some pre programmed “subjects of interest” guides. Once this offer is launched the real virtual match making process starts: users “query” the system using their jargon, with strings of keywords that exist in their particular brains and following particular motivations. Sometimes keywords match and sometimes they don’t. FIRST take care of everything that could happen “outside”, on the users’ side, but within its sphere of control. The FIRST designers know that behind the apparent chaos of users’ behaviors could be hidden “pattern behaviors” that should be detected in order to improve the Website.

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