For those who don’t know, Meemaw is my grandmother. She is the most gangsta grandmother today. She is very hip, knows all the cool movies and likes to break dance. Okay most of that is not true but she is a great grandmother. She is a tad old and just getting into this whole “internet” thing. Everything you know about the computer and internet that seems like common sense, she has NO idea.
She and her bf Jerry (yea she is a little playa) use MSN Webtv for their computer. Yea I know.
Anyways, who has been mean to her? The people creating websites that she visits that don’t make them webtv compliant or realize Webtv users are browsing their website. This is a lady who uses the yellow pages to look up a business not search on Google. She has no idea about mashups. So what do people need to realize.
1- Tailor. Your site for the audience. If it is for older people: create bigger fonts, make it easy to understand & make it relevant for them.
2- Functionality. Webtv uses a remote to move around the screen. Try to make the functionality simple. You can track your stats to see if any webtv browsers are viewing your page. If they are you should probably create a way to send them to a special site that is more old people friendly.
3- Think. My grandmother had to ask me how to view the photos from my cousin’s bar mitzvah. The font matched the screen color so we couldn’t see anything. My grandmother was going to purchase $50+ in photos if only she could have seen what to do. Make sure to think about the people who could be using or spending money on your site.
She doesn’t know about this site but I will email her this article. I Love you Meemaw:)