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  • Designing for Social Sharing Rashmi Sinha www.uzanto.com www.rashmisinha.com
  • browsing alone
  • Part I: Why NOW?
  • The web has become a social sphere
  • Who is online
    • Broadband penetration is at more than 50%
    From Pew Internet Research, for US only
  • From Pew Internet Research, for US only
  • Just for fun! 34% men , 26% women 37% of 18-29 yrs old , and 20% of 65 and over go online, on any given day, just for fun… From Pew Internet Research, for US only
  • The web has become a social sphere Massively multiplayer online games
  • 6.5 million people
  • WOW is millions of people with diverse backgrounds collaborating, socializing, and learning while having fun. It represents the future of real-time collaborative teams in an always-on, diversity-intensive, real-time environment. WOW is a glimpse into our future. Joi Ito in Wired Magazine
  • 240,000 users
  • Wells Fargo StageCoach Island
  • American Apparel
  • Four draws of such games
    • the ability to socialize
    • an achievement system that gives players an incentive to improve
    • complex and satisfying strategy that makes combat fun
    • underlying narrative that players want to learn more about
    • Many games also update continuously, adding features and addressing user requests
  • Alone together
    • Social interaction in online gaming (Ducheneaut et al. 2006)
      • Surrounded by others. Feel their presence, not interacting all the time
        • Analogy: Reading book in a cafe
      • Spectacle: Performing for an audience
        • Analogy: Playing pinball with others watching
    • Social facilitation (Zajonc, 1960)
      • Improved performance in presence of others (even if presence is passive)
      • Observed even in cockroaches!
  • The web has become a social sphere Massively multiplayer online games Rich interfaces enable richer interactions
  • Part II
  • Part II: What is social sharing?
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  • First generation Social Networks (Friendster, LinkedIn…) 1) I am linked to -> -> to you ---> --->You are linked to her -> ---> so on…
    • How it works
    • Individuals connected to each other
    • Relationships can be marked, hubs identified
    • Concept of six degrees of separation
    • “ Are you my friend” type of awkwardness
  • Object mediated social networks “… call for the rethinking of sociality along lines that include objects in the concept of social relations.” Katrin-Knorr Cetina
  • Coffee Dance performance Tomatoes
  • Second generation social networks
    • Put objects at the center
      • Social sharing
      • Tagging
      • Viral sharing
      • Social News Creation
  • Social sharing of our stuff (social networks with objects in between) e.g., Flickr, Yahoo answers 1) I share my pics -> -> with you ---> -->You share your pics -> ---> with him
    • How it works
    • People share objects and watch others
    • Social connections are through objects
    • Formation of social streams of information with emergence of popular, interesting items
  • Viral sharing (passing on interesting stuff) e.g., YouTube videos 1) I send video I like -> -> to you. You pass on --> --> to her, who sends on to her, who passes on…
    • How it works
    • Individual to individual to individual
    • Popularity based navigation helps track “viral” items
  • Tag-based social sharing (linked by concepts…) e.g., Flickr, del.icio.us 1) I tag my bookmarks -> you see my tags -->You share your tags ->
    • How it works
    • Saving & tagging your stuff (creating bookmarks).
    • Tags mediate social connections
    • Formation of social/conceptual information streams. Emergence of popular, interesting items
    politics lebanon Global voices politics technology Global voices web JAVA CNN networks blogs science science science brain
  • Social news creation (rating news stories) e.g., digg, Newsvine 1) I find interesting story -> you rate story -->Others rate stories
    • How it works
    • Finding and rating stories
    • Popular stories rise to top
    5 4
  • Objects invite us to
    • Connect
    • Play
    • React
    • Reach out
  • Part III: So you want to design for social sharing?
  • Forget the ipod!
  • Give up control This is messy!
  • Some principles…
  • 1: Make system personally useful
    • For end-user system should have strong personal use
      • Memorable Personal Snippets (e.g., Del.icio.us & Flickr)
      • Self-expression (e.g., Newsvine)
      • Social status: Digg
    • Don’t count on altruism
      • System should thrive on people’s selfishness
  • Bite-sized self-expression
    • Creative self-expression
      • Artistic expression (Flickr, YouTube)
      • Humor (YouTube)
    • Individual piece should be small
      • Can create sets & lists
      • Do Mashups
      • Simple, guessable URLs for everything
    • Leave room for games & social play
      • Appreciation
      • Stalking (some!)
      • Gossip
  • 2: Identify symbiotic relationship between personal & social
    • Personal snippets > Social stream
      • Pictures > Organized by Events
      • Music > Organized by Playlists
  • 3: Create porous boundary between public & private
    • Earlier systems
      • Personal (Personal Desktop Software, e.g., Picasa, EndNote)
      • OR Social websites (Shutterfly)
    • Rethink public & private
      • People share for the right returns
      • Set defaults to public, allow easy change to private
    • Give user control
        • Over individual pieces & sets
        • Delete items from history
        • Reset /remove profile
    Privacy settings on Flickr
  • 4. Allow for levels of participation
    • Everyone does not need to create!
      • Implicit creation (creating by consuming)
      • Remixing—adding value to others’ content
    Source: Bradley Horowitz’s weblog, Elatable, Feb. 17, 2006, “Creators, Synthesizers, and Consumers”
  • Why do people digg? “ commenting, digging, burying comments, typing descriptions, reading hundreds of articles and… … for a lot of nerds, using digg is just a casual free-time activity. Entertaining. Fun. Engaging.”
  • how to encourage participation
    • Insights from Social Psychology
      • Highlight unique contribution
      • Allow for smaller local groups
      • Highlight benefit to self from
      • Highlight benefit to group
    Source: Using social psychology to motivate contributions to online communities, Ling et al. 2005
  • 5. Let people feel the presence of others
    • What paths are well worn
    • User profiles / photos
    • Real-time updating
      • Like a conversation
      • Sense that others are out there
    What people are digging right now!
  • 6. And yet, moments of Independence…
    • Choreography: when alone, when part of group
    • Prevent mobs
    • Don’t make it too easy to mimic others
      • Incentives for originality & uniqueness
  • Allow for alternative viewpoints & perspectives
    • Social sharing can lead to tyranny of dominant view
      • People of a group agree
        • Viewpoint rises to top (popularity lists, tag clouds)
  • Create conditions for wise crowds
    • Cognitive Diversity
    • Independence
    • Decentralization
    • Easy Aggregation
  • Wise Crowds: Cognitive Diversity
    • Need many perspectives for good answers
    • Groups become homogenous
      • Members bring lesser new information in
    • Diversity reduces groupthink
      • Groupthink works by shielding members from outside opinions
    • Diversity reduces conformity
      • Chance that you will change opinion to match group
  • Wise Crowds: Independence
    • Keeps people’s mistakes from getting correlated (uncorrelated mistakes averaged out)
    • Encourages people to bring in new viewpoints (diversity)
    • Concept of Social Proof
      • Milgram experiment
      • People assume that groups know what they are doing
      • Assuming crowd is wise, leads to herd like behavior
        • Can sometimes lead to good decisions
    • Information Cascades
      • Sequence of uninformed choices, building upon each other
  • Wise Crowds: Decentralization “ A crowd of decentralized people working to solve a problem on their own without any central effort to guide them, come up with better solutions, rather than a top-down driven solution.” Suroweicki
  • Wise Crowds: Easy Aggregation
    • A decentralized system can pick right solution
      • With easy way for information to be aggregated across system
      • Example: votes on Digg
  • 7. Enable Serendipity
    • Don’t make navigation all about popularity
      • Access to some popular stuff (keep this fast moving)
    • Make the “long tail” accessible
      • Popularity as a jump off point to other ways of exploring
    • Provide personalization
      • Recommendations using collaborative filtering
        • Similar tags, content, others
    • Ad-hoc groups?
  • 8. Most of all, allow for play
  • Things to try at home!
    • Create an account on myspace.com
    • Read Emergence, Wisdom of Crowds
    • Play a Multiplayer Online Game (WOW, Second Life)
    • Play with an API (try GoogleMaps API)
    • Try a mobile social application (DodgeBall)
    • Ask your friends what they find “fun” on the web
  • Questions? www.rashmisinha.com www.uzanto.com