Thought it might be relevant to post a link to the presentation I gave on this at a conference a few weeks back. This will be essentially the same pitch I'll give at the youth and social media event next month.
and there are various research papers, but often these are focused more on behavior than usability, so I think this is something that needs some focus in the usability community.
Towards the end of the presentation I show some typical websites from services such as Piczo and the Darlington youth website we designed in partnership with local young people. Both of these demonstrate a common design aesthetic, often repellent to adults, which can also be seen by spending some time just viewing a few myspace pages.
A few general points to throw out there:
* Young people use their websites as an expression of identity, often producing cluttered, 'loud' pages with a tremendous amount going on
* Young people are very tribal, hence the practice of using graphics or manga rather than real images. For example we have had research feedback such as 'shes a goth, I'm emo so this site isn't for me'
* Young people 'snack' so lean towards lots of short form content. Look to mediasnackers for more on this meme
There's much more that can be said on this subject which should probably make up a more considered blog post informed by a proper literature review when I have some time.
Thanks for that; your youthworktoolbox website looks useful, particularly the podcasts.
We're looking at going with Mailchimp as it's very user-friendly and very much integrated with social media which is a major plus.
I currently use Awebber for my email campaigns.
It's a paid service, but after my research, it seemed to be the best option for me.
I also have a mail chimp account, but I have never used it.
Awebber was not too difficult to set…"
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