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A blog about interface and product design by Joshua Porter

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By: » 5 fundamental social design patterns

Thu, 11 Dec 2008 20:17:29 +0000

[...] In the last 2 years, a few different sites have implemented some very successful social designs. I’ll lay out 5 social design patterns here and then follow up with case studies in subsequent posts. These apply to sites with user-generated content where the content is the primary object. [...]

By: » Finding the primary pivot

Tue, 02 Oct 2007 20:45:51 +0000

[...] social sites (YouTube:videos, Flickr:photos,,Twitter:140 character messages). See Objects of Sociality for [...]

By: hochan.NET : links for 2007-09-26

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 14:21:33 +0000

[...] The Social Graph and Objects of Sociality (tags: SN) [...]

By: msil

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 04:06:07 +0000

Fans have quite a lot of social objects, including the objects of their fandom in text, images, audio, and video, as well as fan-created objects: fanfiction, fanart, vids, and so on. I think the objects provide something to hang the connections on and provide longevity in a way that's harder in generic communities.

By: Adam Crowe - links for 2007-09-20

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 00:40:24 +0000

[...] Bokardo - The Social Graph and Objects of Sociality “[Facebook] want to know if you worked with them, if you went to school with them, or if you met them through an acquaintance. These items, the job, the school, and the other friend, are the very objects of sociality that make the relationship work.” (tags: objects objectcentredsociality friends socialgraph socialnetworking microformats socialdesign lifecasting lifestreaming) [...]

By: Rob Clayburn

Sat, 15 Sep 2007 01:19:05 +0000

First of all, as usual a great concise post! Defining relationships based on common interest is a fundamental part of human nature and thus should be at the core of a great social network. What I'd be really interested in exploring is how we, as social network developers, can create a semantic, portable, vendor neutral, format for these complex types of relationships (including the objects that bind the relationships together). We may already have the start of this with RDF, FOAF, Microformats, etc, but to me (and I'm new to this so I could have missed several tricks!) they lack the inherent flexibility to define arbitrary relationships as described in your post. Indeed you can see this in the site we run ( which uses microformats and (soon) FOAF profiles - whilst they are useful, they seem to lack the ability to describe the relationships our users are creating within the site. Creating this flexibility is one thing, converting this information into user friendly valuable services will, to me, be one of the most interesting upcoming trends in the next couple of years.

By: ViNT // Vision - Inspiration - Navigation - Trends » Open identiteit

Fri, 14 Sep 2007 13:51:47 +0000

[...] BradFitz, Zengestrom, Bokardo, ReadWriteWeb, [...]

By: links for 2007-09-13 « Green Tea Ice Cream

Thu, 13 Sep 2007 09:34:53 +0000

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By: NakedBiff

Thu, 13 Sep 2007 08:14:00 +0000

> "My understanding is that this can be called “trust context”, the context in which the social relationship is meaningful." Paolo hit the nail on the head here - objects, like social relationships, are meaningless without context. While Facebook lets you fill out how you know someone, I'm yet to see if this has any effect whatsoever on the interaction.

By: Federico Feroldi’s blog » Blog Archive » links for 2007-09-12

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 20:28:07 +0000

[...] The Social Graph and Objects of Sociality - Bokardo Why our relationships canâ€(image) t be explained without the objects and experiences that we share. (tags: article graph microformats network socialnetworking social socialsoftware collaboration design) [...]

By: Is a Social Graph Without the Social Objects Worth Anything? (Musings on Lock-In) « SmoothSpan Blog

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 17:12:43 +0000

[...] over.  That’s a classic case of lock-in.  Then I read Joshua Porter’s thoughtful post The Social Graph and Objects of Sociality where he makes the point that the graph isn’t worth a whole lot without all the objects that [...]

By: links for 2007-09-12 | mad dog in the fog

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 16:27:59 +0000

[...] The Social Graph and Objects of Sociality - Bokardo “…our relationships with other people are determined in part by the activities and objects we share.” (tags: socialnetworking) [...]

By: Alex Iskold

Tue, 11 Sep 2007 19:38:52 +0000

Good stuff Josh! I agree that we are connected by things and interests and circumstances. The one interesting thing that I noticed when I looked at MySpace is that people just like to connect and talk. So this is yet another vertical, in a sense. Alex

By: Shai Gluskin

Tue, 11 Sep 2007 17:09:46 +0000

I had never read the Jyri E. post. Great stuff. 2 questions: How would you suggest Fitzpatrick and folks incorporate this object-oriented approach in the work they are doing to create a universal profile system?Could you unpack the Facebook experience more? Facebook started with the particular school and the particular workplace being the "object" -- and this fits the model well. But how would you explain the incredible success they have had since they totally opened things up? It seems like they have lessened the importance of the object. Yes, there is the "how do you know?" question when you "friend" someone, but it is peripheral to the core functionality.

By: paolo

Tue, 11 Sep 2007 16:21:51 +0000

Ops, forgot to write that the fact "relationships are directed" came to my mind because in the picture in this post they aren't. In real life, Sarah might not know Joe, or Sarah might trust Joe and Joe might distrust Sarah.