Social software elements

July 8, 2009
  1. Identity – a way of uniquely identifying people in the system
  2. Presence – a way of knowing who is online, available or otherwise nearby
  3. Relationships – a way of describing how two users in the system are related (e.g. in Flickr, people can be contacts, friends of family)
  4. Conversations – a way of talking to other people through the system
  5. Groups – a way of forming communities of interest
  6. Reputation – a way of knowing the status of other people in the system (who’s a good citizen? who can be trusted?)
  7. Sharing – a way of sharing things that are meaningful to participants (like photos or videos)

Gene Smith referring to work produced by Matt Webb and Stewart Butterfield

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