As the circle got tighter and tighter and people were squished closer and closer together, one of my friends turns to me and says "I hope you're not claustrophobic!" Well, actually I am. But just as it seemed there was nowhere else to go in the circle, we were led out into wider and wider circles until we were back home, all standing in one large open circle again. The snake had uncoiled.
All this reminds me of website navigation.
Alertbox entry from Jakob Nielsen is called "The Ten Most Violated Homepage Design Guidelines". In it he says,
10. Don't include an active link to the homepage on the homepage.
This has always been one of the criteria in my usability tests and it's one of the check points in my new http://www.cre8pc.com/ringbell.html - Please Ring Bell for Service - A Usability Checklist for Ecommerce Websites e-report.
The reason I don't advise web pages that link to themselves is that it's confusing to visitors who are used to clicking on a link and going somewhere new. Like the Swirl Dance, you get into a groove where you're constantly moving, and each click takes you further into the adventure. Navigation should always provide a way back "Home" and that way should be easy to find. Thank heavens the Swirl Dance had a leader to guide us as we nearly got all tangled up inside the circles within circles!
There's other good points in today's Alertbox checklist. But, of course, you get way more than 10 checkpoints with MY checklist!