From the creators of Yahoo!'s Design Pattern Library, Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you'll face when starting a social website. Designing sites that foster user interaction and community-building is a valuable skill for web developers and designers today, but it's not that easy to understand the nuances of the social web. Now you have help.
Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone share hard-won insights into what works, what doesn't, and why. You'll learn how to balance opposing factions and grow healthy online communities by co-creating them with your users.
- Understand the overarching principles you need to consider for every website you create
- Learn basic design patterns for adding social components to an existing site
- Rein in misbehaving users on an active community site
- Build a social experience around a product or service and invite people to join
- Develop a social utility without having to build an entirely new infrastructure
- Enable users of your site's content to interact with one another
- Offer your members the opportunity to connect in the real world
- Learn to recognize and avoid antipatterns: emergent bad practices in the social network and social media space
Table of contents
- Advance Praise for Designing Social Interfaces
I. What Are Social Patterns?
1. Mommy, What’s a Social User Experience Pattern?
- A Little Social Backstory...
- What Do We Mean by Principle, Best Practice, and Patterns?
- So, That’s All the Little Parts: Now What?
- Further Reading
2. Social to the Core
- Deliberately Leave Things Incomplete
- Social but Not Social Only
- Talk Like a Person!
- Self-Deprecating Error Message
- Ask Questions
- Your Versus My
- No Joking Around
- Don’t Break Email!
- Be Open
- Learn from Games
- Cargo Cult Anti-Pattern
- Respect the Ethical Dimension
- Further Reading
- 1. Mommy, What’s a Social User Experience Pattern?
II. I Am Somebody
- 3. You’re Invited!
- 4. Where’s the Rest of Me?
5. We Are Here! We Are Here! We Are Here!
- A Brief History of Online Presence
- Presence Actions and Facets
- Buddy List
- Activity Streams
- Updates Opt-in Disclosure
- Keep Company
- Further Reading
- 6. Would You Buy a Used Car from This Person?
III. Objects of My Desire
- 7. Hunters Gather
- 8. Share and Share Alike
- 9. The Megalophone
- 10. Long-Time Listener, First-Time Caller
- 11. Watson, Come Quick!
- 12. Barnraising
- 13. Social Media Junkies Unite!
IV. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
- 14. One of Us, One of Us
- 15. Good Cop, Bad Cop
- 16. Where in the World?
V. But Wait...There’s More!
- 17. Open for Business
- 18. Other Contexts
- About the Authors
- Title: Designing Social Interfaces
- Release date: September 2009
- Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
- ISBN: 9780596154929
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