When the web started it was primarily about content-sharing: mostly text documents. It quickly evolved into commerce, which gave rise to the consumer Web. Since the launch of Facebook and other social sites, we have seen the transformation of the Web into the ‘Social Web’ – every major website has added or is adding a social dimension to its experience. This has vastly altered the competitive landscape for most web-centric companies and will have a business impact on most enterprises, depending on the degree and speed of response. This article discusses why a high-quality social experience can now be a competitive advantage and 7 steps to build successful social experiences into your website and online applications.