|Due:||Thursday, April 16th, 2009|
|Format:||Double spaced, 12 pt. font|
|Approximate Length:||Four to eight pages|
|Percentage of Grade:||10%|
We've been talking all term about online communities. Now it's your turn to come up with an idea for a new one! You will hand in:
Describe what your new site is, who it is for, and how it will be sustained financially. Your business model could be either for-profit or nonprofit.
Some sites will have more than one target audience. If so, describe each audience, and how the site will contribute different things for each group.
This is not an exercise in science fiction-- please make your design technically realizable. Do not include features that require major technological advances to achieve. It's acceptable to describe a feature that would require such an advance only if you also provide a currently practical alternative.
Write a fictional story of someone using your site. Why do they come there, and what do they do when they are there? If you have more than one target audience, write a scenario for each.
For example, one design handed in for this class was for "gemini.com," a site for parents of twins. So you might begin your scenario with, "Susan is Mom to identical twin boys, age 5 months. Her double stroller has broken, even though it's relatively new. Looking for recommendations on a more reliable brand, she...." In this scenario, you might go on to describe how she found the site looking for a stroller purchase, but then stayed to engage in a BBS discussion about whether to dress identical twins alike.