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Giving your users a light identity in your experience

Book Description

A requirement of having people integrated into a social experience is the ability to identify who is there and to have a level of accountability for the contributions they make within the system. Understanding who people are within a system need not be heavy-handed and can be lightly integrated with a few simple components.

What you'll learn—and how you can apply it

In this lesson you will learn the basic model of an identity system and become familiar with a few components that express identity that can easily be applied, allowing users to have their contributions attributed and for others to know who contributed.


  • Should be looking to create or enhance a product with a social layer.
  • Interested in allowing users to identify each other and to provide attribution to the contributions within an experience.

Materials or downloads needed

  • None

This Lesson is taken from Designing Social Interfaces, 2nd Edition, by Erin Malone and Christian Crumlish.