F Randall Farmer

F Randall Farmer

Social media, virtual worlds, online communities consultant and author

  • @frandallfarmer

Palo Alto, California

Areas of Expertise:

  • reputation
  • reputation systems
  • mmorg
  • identity
  • security
  • virtual worlds
  • intellectual property
  • consulting
  • speaking
F. Randall "Randy" Farmer has been creating online community systems for over 30 years, and has co-invented many of the basic structures for both virtual worlds and social software. His accomplishments include numerous industry firsts (such as the first virtual world, the first avatars, and the first online marketplace). Randy worked as the community strategic analyst for Yahoo!, advising Yahoo properties on construction of their online communities. Randy was the principal designer of Yahoo's global reputation platform and the reputation models that were deployed on it.

Building Web Reputation Systems Building Web Reputation Systems
by F Randall Farmer, Bryce Glass
March 2010
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

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Pop-up factory

May 29 2015

Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid, O’Reilly’s conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world, will feature a radical demonstration: a live, pop-up electronics factory. … read more

Happy Birthday To Me: Reviews of Some Toys I’ve Recently Gotten

May 29 2015

My birthday was in April, so in the "Happy Birthday To Me" spirit, I'll consider anything interesting I've acquired in the last few months a birthday present to myself. Much of it is related to cycling, which I've been getting into. Anyway, here are some mini reviews on some of… read more

Pop-up factory

May 29 2015

Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid, O’Reilly’s conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world, will feature a radical demonstration: a live, pop-up electronics factory. … read more

"...a well-done introduction to this important subject."
--Brad Reid, Computing Reviews

"If you are building a fairly simple opinion aggregation system, this work can supply some helpful pointers."
--Robert M. Slade, Internet Review Project

"If you're a rhetorician who is trying to understand claims and ethos in digital literacy, this book is a must. If you're a rhetorician of any stripe, you still might want to pick it up. Highly recommended."
--Clay Spinuzzi, Spinuzzi