I'm building a website and I am looking for a generic word describing the visited state of a piece of content. It can be audio or video content among other things. Is checked a correct way of describing this?
Mark it as accessed. Date last accessed is a very common phrase in computing.
Access — M-W
verb To open or load (a computer file, an Internet site, etc.)
"accessed the computer by phone"
Access — Macmillan
verb 1. To get information, especially from a computer
"The database allows you to access the sales figures in a number of ways."
For hyperlinks, the right word would be visited.
However, if you have a catalog of music/video/products, you could have a "Previously viewed" (last viewed, last visited, previously visited) section like amazon.com does.
You may mark it as experienced.
The user (already) experienced this content.
Experience v. t.
1. To make practical acquaintance with; to try personally; to prove by use or trial; to have trial of; to have the lot or fortune of; to have befall one; to be affected by; to feel; as, to experience pain or pleasure; to experience poverty; to experience a change of views.
A usage example from BBC:
In addition, the study measured the second-by-second facial movements of people as they experienced the content to measure true engagement and the ...
This activity is usually referred to as content consumption or media consumption by content/media producers.
Media consumption or media diet is the sum of information and entertainment media taken in by an individual or group. It includes activities such as interacting with new media, reading books and magazines, watching television and film, and listening to radio.
If your audience for this copy are media producers consume would be my word of choice.
Individuals don't typically use an umbrella term for these activities as they are typically siloed. I read books on my Kindle, audio on my streaming app (Deezer) and I watch videos on YouTube. However, In Trinidad and Tobago dialect we use the phrase take in (where in is pronounced as een) as a synonym for this use of consume. So, one may say "Let me take in some music" or "I went to the cinema to take in a movie".
Including emphasis, you can see the following excerpt from the Wikipedia entry for media consumption uses this phrasal verb.
Media consumption or media diet is the sum of information and entertainment media taken in by an individual or group.
So if your reader is doing the consumption I would suggest took in.
- to receive into the mind : perceive
(transitive) To absorb or comprehend.
I was so sleepy that I hardly took in any of the lecture.
To my way of thinking, web sites have a "visit" count. Components of the web site would have a "uses" count, incrementing each time the component was used.
I guess it depends on how you're representing that data. I'd advise you to take a look at various video/audio streaming sites and see how they represent their stats in the same context as you're using. After all, they've done the legwork for you and it's in a language that many people understand.
One possibility is "perused":
: to look at or read (something) in an informal or relaxed way.
: to examine or read (something) in a very careful way
It's suitable for uses like, perusing a book, so would probably fit for your use case as well.
I would consider "observed":
to watch and sometimes also listen to (someone or something) carefully
Assuming this is to be displayed to end users, one word is going to sound strange on at least a strong minority of the link/resource types. From the developer's perspective, access works for everything, because everything is a resource or file, but this makes for a generally poor user experience.
Graphics / Photos / Articles / Videos / Accounts / Settings / (Really anything that is primarily visual -and not interactive- in nature):
Last Viewed on [Date]
Viewed X Times
Audio Files / Podcasts / Playlists / etc. :
Last Played on [Date]
Played X Times
I don't personally like the "one size fits all" approach, mostly because it doesn't. If you must, opened sounds better than accessed, and applies to most media types (open a book, newspaper or magazine, even open a link - whether technically correct or not being irrelevant to the end user). In fact, open is used more commonly in reference to files (open an image, open a video, open a window, open iTunes, etc.)
If your website is some kind of content management system, and the user of it is doing some kind of testing to see if e.g., the content is correct, then reviewing or checking might actually be what is going on.
Accessed/viewed/played/opened are generic and seen all over the place. Visited is applicable especially if clicking the thing opens a separate page from the one the user's currently on. (You visit a page or a website, and you'd say that if you were very aware you were using a browser, as opposed to a slick, modern site that looks more like an app.)
If it's a consumer marketing kind of website, especially one where the user is charged for the content, you might want to use experienced or enjoyed or some other aspirational term. (If it's a boring site, or they're getting paid to use it, perhaps suffered or endured, lol.)
Nobody would ever use perused. Consulted is for reference works, but I think even Wikipedia doesn't use that term.
Maybe if you gave us more examples of the types of content available, and a little more context about what the website does or provides, better suggestions could be provided.