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Social Software & Senior Citizens | 16 comments
[new] Linker, user friendliness etc. (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#7)
by SophiaRawlinson on Fri Nov 14th, 2003 at 01:31:42 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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I agree that Linker is indeed a good example of social software - providing users with a simplified version of a program such as Macromedia Director in order for them to share details about their communities. It is difficult to strike a balance between user friendliness and social software - with regards to user friendliness - you are essentially obscuring the code/technology involved to ensure that novices and experts alike can use the technology; on the other hand, to truly understand and critically engage with the software & technology, we need to see the code - thus potentially alienating those who are not experts on computer programming.

In my dissertation I suggest the 'collaborative interface' as one way of dealing with this - essentially, by providing a number of various interfaces (e.g. a mixture of software and hardware - modified at various levels depending on the target user group) for all people to engage with the software, and each other.
Any thoughts on this solution?

Social Software & Senior Citizens | 16 comments


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