Some links

Sunday, February 7th, 2010 01:10 pm
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1. An interview with Matt Haughey, the creator of Metafilter, which, though it started out as a hobby, has enabled him to quit his day job and pay three employees.

The site's revenue model is not based off of membership fees (although now you do have to pay $5 to become a member, but that's more to control membership size), but off of advertisements, mostly in the AskMefi section. Members don't see ads, but people who stumble in via search engine or external links do.

2. In Praise of Online Obscurity

On how socializing doesn't scale.

"Once a group reaches a certain size, each participant starts to feel anonymous again, and the person they’re following — who once seemed proximal, like a friend — now seems larger than life and remote....At a few hundred or a few thousand followers, they’re having fun — but any bigger and it falls apart. Social media stops being social. It’s no longer a bantering process of thinking and living out loud. It becomes old-fashioned broadcasting."
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1. Myspace and Facebook may not be very profitable, but that doesn't mean social networks are not monetizable at all, says this blogger.

It's possible, apparently, to have high revenue earning social networks, because you can make money off of digital items and casual games. Myspace and Facebook don't really use these much, apparently. (Or at least to make money)

Quote: "For social networking sites, one of the key “experiences” of users is self-expression. Think about it: is the Facebook news feed more about the reader or the poster? Isn’t someone’s MySpace page all about self-expression? If people are there to represent and express themselves, shouldn’t you build a business model that charges for the ability to better differentiate oneself? Shouldn’t you also charge for ego-gratification on a sliding scale (the bigger the ego, the more the charge)?"

In other words, appeal to the user's vanity, not their desire for functionality? A virtual gift isn't, after all, something of much concrete value.

2. I've sort of been following, which is a microblogging startup whose schtick is posting by email, and here's a post by one of the founders about designing the sign-up process. He has a lot to say about how the sign-up process can be stream-lined and made simpler.
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Speaking of virtual gifts, Ning (which is kind of like a site which allows you to create your own mini-social network, sort of like a buddypress install; actually, I'm quite curious as to why LJ users and others groups seeking community setups (such as fandom groups) haven't embraced Ning, because it has a plethora of features, such as chat, forums, galleries, blogs for individual members, activity streams, video, downloads, locking stuff down so non-members can't see it, etc. Actually, if I were starting some community project, I might be tempted to try it out.)

poking around in Ning )
Silliness aside, here are the features of Ning.

On Social Scripts

Thursday, May 21st, 2009 04:26 pm
charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
[personal profile] petronia posts about social scripts. Although the "community" talked about in the article is a group of people, I would also argue that even if it isn't restricted to "site" or "software," many of the definitions seem to involve place, in a metaphorical sense.

Anyway, my commentary (cause I am always verbose)

cut for length, boringness )

In other news, I am reading about Sanada Yukimura, after I became embarrassed that he's like, the #1 Sengoku general (by popularity polls) and I know jack about him. In the first thirty pages of a 200 pg book, I have learned mainly that his name wasn't really Yukimura and that scholars disagree about his age.


Thursday, April 16th, 2009 07:27 am
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Buddypress seems to have developped further from when I last saw it. This is a mod of WPMU (wordpress multiuser) which allows social networking functions. In other words, I guess this means you can create something like Buddypress has social networking features, like user profiles, private messaging, friends, commenting on things (the Wire), activity streams, seeing all of your comments/blogposts, etc., and people can also have their own blogs. Plus, they can form groups with their own forums. I'm not sure if they can also have group blogs or what kind of privacy features there are though.

What will the next iteration of social networking look like? What kinds of new features will it have? It's exciting to watch this develop.

There seem to be some interesting things going on in the DiSO world, but as a non-web-developer there's a lot that I don't understand and will need to read up on more. (like oAuth).

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