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User Demographics (6 links)

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General characteristics of users, such as access speed, age, and gender.

Surveys of Internet users can help design for the "common denominator". Know thy user...

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Demographics of Web Users

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April 4, 1999


GVU's 10th WWW User Survey

Destination: GVU User Surveys (3)
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March 3, 1999


GVU's 9th WWW User Survey ... veys/survey-1998-04/index.html

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October 9, 1998


The Increasing Conservatism of Web Users
Users want their web sites to look alike and work with older browsers.

Instead of experimenting with sophisticated new designs, web sites would serve users better with fairly standard designs and making improvements 'behind the scenes': better writing or algorithms, more sophistication on the server side.

Also, users are now upgrading browsers slower than in the past, so new technology will not get in users' hands as fast as before.

Alertbox for March 22, 1998 by Jakob Nielsen.

Topic: Strategic (22)
Destination: Alertbox (101)
Author: Nielsen, Jakob (116)
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March 23, 1998


GVU's 8th WWW User Survey
Ten thousand survey responses from October - November 1997.

Some results pertaining to usability:

  • overall, navigation was 3rd worst problem, after privacy and censorship
  • navigation tied for first among Europeans
  • concern over navigation increased with age
  • still a lot of people with modem connections
  • most people have not changed browsers recently

You can buy a book to get all of the results.

Destination: GVU User Surveys (3)
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January 6, 1998


See Internet at a Glance (PDF) for current demographics.

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