Ok, so I got it slightly wrong - the link doesn't highlight if you paste a url to a comment on a status, but at least they can see it's a link!
I think I raised this somewhere else (J6 preview site), but how is someone supposed to know that they need to click on the 'preview' or 'expand' link if there is nothing obvious to suggest there is any content that would render differently?
This Needs to be fixed.
I had a quite long discussion on this with Olivia and Josh (see link). Bottom line was "there are deep technical reasons why the HTML had to be stripped out", one being that the displayed snippet may cut the URL text.
But I agree with you. We've had situations where a linked document title doesnt appear as a link and the activity stream display actually made it look as if the poster held the opposite view to the one they actually held.
I can understand why for technical reasons that something may need to be stripped out, but there absolutely must be some way to indicate that the post needs to be expanded.
The indication needs to be much more obvious than a tiny text link saying ‘preview’ or ‘expand’.
It should say ‘MORE’ instead of ‘…’. Seems to work for spacebook? At the moment it’s just not clear the comment can be expanded.
I think we agree it needs to be a lot better. Technical reasons just need to be overcome, there are always (usually) workarounds once a problem has been identified. Here you are rightly focussing on users who are not 'advanced drivers'.
But we are talking about several issues here, as I know you know. a) clear ways of indicating there is more text and b) ways of showing there is one or more links. Both are needed IMO.
I thought I was being good by @mentioning a place link to my getting started guide, but those do not show up as a link in someone status.
Because the activity feed preview is slightly obscure and not very easy to use, it's certainly not clear to new users that they have to 'expand' or 'preview' the preview to see any @links.?!!?? Obscure UX things like this are a massive hurdle to adoption. As a number of people have pointed out to me, if the user needs training for such simple things they will never engage with it.
No wonder the new users I've been trying to help out have not been looking at the guides I've been trying to send them to. I'll just have to paste in the full page link instead, which will show up fine.
As you can see, the 'video embedding' should link to a document as it does if I 'expand' the preview. Oh actually this comment was about how a video link just shows as a little video link grey box, and not the thumbnail like if you embed in normal content.
If I just paste a url, it does work though....