Posts tagged with 'SocialSoftware'
Jul 25, 2007
Spare the group from scale. In conversational contexts, Metcalfe’s law is a drag.

Sometimes you can do soft forking. LiveJournal does the best soft forking of any software I’ve ever seen. The median size of a LiveJournal group is around five people.

My favorite pattern is from MetaFilter, which is: When we start seeing effects of scale, we shut off the new user page.

Clay Shirky, “A group is its own worst enemy.” via Nivi

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Jul 23, 2007
Village games are a distinct service-based offering that is separate from other forms of games. They certainly aren’t retail titles. They aren’t ‘indie’ or ‘casual games’ either. They are quirky, isolated communities much like a traditional village or small town. The communities tend to be a bit more friendly and insular then their larger city-sized brethren such as Everquest or World of Warcraft. The game design tends to be a bit more unique and able to take risks. Such game companies usually started with a small community numbering in the thousands. Many customers have been with them for years. Each operates either a micropayment or a subscription model that doesn’t cap the amount of money the customer wishes to spend. They focus on a niche experience that is not provided by larger retail titles.
danc

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Jul 21, 2007
If you want to build a community, or to be in the business of letting your readers talk to each other about what you write, enable comments in your blog. If not, move along. There’s lots of others building communities where they can chat about you.
me in response to the blog comment debate

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Jul 21, 2007
Posting and conversation are different modes of expression. The sites that suffer most from anonymous postings and drivel are the ones operating at large scale. If you are operating below that scale, comments can be quite good, in a way not replicable in any “everyone post to their own blog”.
Clay Shirky responds to Joel Spolsky

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Jul 5, 2007
The way to keep conversations meaningful is to keep conversations separate.

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Jun 23, 2007
..‘value’ in social apps is related to your distance to the app.

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Jun 23, 2007
..most social software is built around providing personalized, socially-focused conversation. It’s person-centered and as a result is difficult for anybody but that person to really appreciate..

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Jun 16, 2007
Content management is not a technology problem. If you’re having trouble managing the content on your Web site, it’s because you have an editorial process problem. Your public-facing Web site is a publication. Treat it like one.

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Jun 9, 2007
It is good for communities to fragment. As the number of people on reddit increases (which is presumably desirable) its front page descends further into lowest-common denominator images and video, as everything of substance becomes interesting only to a minority and so gets pummelled soon after submission.
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Jun 8, 2007
Those of you who think you are creating online content, take note: your success will be directly dependent on your ability to create excuses for people to talk to one another. The real measure of content’s quality is its ability to serve as a medium.
Douglas Rushkoff on social currency. via

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