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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Why some social network services work 

Jyri Zengestrom
The fallacy is to think that social networks are just made up of people. They're not; social networks consist of people who are connected by a shared object.

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The social networking services that really work are the ones that are built around objects. And, in my experience, their developers intuitively 'get' the object-centered sociality way of thinking about social life. Flickr, for example, has turned photos into objects of sociality. On del.icio.us the objects are the URLs. EVDB, Upcoming.org, and evnt focus on events as objects.

Topics: Web2.0 | Representation | Collaboration

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