Social software

Writing social software is hard. And, as I said, the act of writing social software is more like the work of an economist or a political scientist. And the act of hosting social software, the relationship of someone who hosts it is more like a relationship of landlords to tenants than owners to boxes in a warehouse.


The patterns here, I am suggesting, both the things to accept and the things to design for, are givens. Assume these as a kind of social platform, and then you can start going out and building on top of that the interesting stuff that I think is going to be the real result of this period of experimentation with social software.

A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy (cache)

Everything is here, since 2003. To sum up even if I encourage you to read the whole piece:

I kind of find these patterns in every group I joined. It should be taken into account within a local constitution. Somehow reminds me patterns I tried to identify myself. Oh my god, re-reading that piece five years later I realize I already linked to that same page from there…

Am I really looping over my own thoughts indefinitely?