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catering to Seniors online

From: Andrew Arch <Andrew.Arch@visionaustralia.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 11:28:07 +1100
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To: "EOWG" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

Following on from our ongoing age-related discussions, Jacob Nielsen in a recent "Alertbox" about "10 High-Profit Redesign Priorities [1]" said:

Older people are the fastest-growing segment of Internet users. In fact, they are virtually the only remaining growth market in rich countries, where most of the younger people who want to get online already have accounts.
Many senior citizens are rich and have time on their hands. When it becomes difficult for them to get around, the Internet becomes a natural place for them to spend some of their vast piles of money. Seniors are also less into piracy and tend to be more loyal than fad-chasing young people.

... Because so many sites are hard for them to use, seniors will shower you with business if you're the honorable exception who acknowledges their special needs. ...

Cheers, Andrew
[1] http://www.useit.com/alertbox/roi.html 

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