A Usability Protocol for Evaluating Online Social Networks

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Online Social Networking (OSN) has become one of the biggest successes of the Internet. Facebook is the most popular service with over 800 million users. OSN have the potential to combat feelings of social isolation amongst the aging population. This study has investigated how people with differing levels of experience using OSN, within different age categories, are able to interact with the core features of Facebook. The goal has been to identify concessions and produce guidelines for designing an OSN for older people. This paper presents quantitative findings from a usability study which utilized eye tracking to observe 20 users’ interactions with Facebook. The usability issues that were encountered and how these may be addressed to help older people with social isolation are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 15 Jun 2012
EventInternational Conference On Smart homes and health Telematics -
Duration: 15 Jun 2012 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference On Smart homes and health Telematics
Period15/06/12 → …


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