Can We Ever Digitally Organize Our Friends? « Design « kev/null

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Kevin Cheng wrote this very interesting blog about "organise friends", mostly focussed on the learnings with Google+ Circles.

"When Google+ launched last week, one of the most discussed features was Circles." "Many discussions have ensued about how people are organizing their Circles. Many have also praised Google’s elegant and unique implementation as a clear answer to Paul Adam’s research entitled “The Real Life Social Network“ (zie ).

Why we need groups? For privacy, interest context, local context, event context, organisational context, to avoid spamming everyone and to support targeted consumption.

Google Circles does things right, like making things visible, the interface, the sharing interface, the auto suggest for circle members and the one way circles.

But it still sucks: "the problem with friend circles, groups, lists is that our brains don't have a clear information architecture of our social graph"

Ik vind zijn observaties rond Katango erg interessant: "A new app that launched last week, Katango, seems to be a technology demo of how we can use these clusters to auto-group your Facebook friends. I was impressed with how accurately they created logical groups that hadn’t occurred to me. Perhaps the smartest part of the app is that it then allows you to edit the group by removing people. This approach is smart because it’s easier to say, “this looks like my college drinking buddies… except that guy; he was only sort of with us” than it is to say, “this looks like my college drinking buddies… who’s missing?” Recognition over recall wins again."

Kevin Cheng concludes: "what I really wonder is whether we should be trying to mirror real life interactions at all. Instead of mapping, wouldn’t it be more interesting to change or create new behaviour?"

Can We Ever Digitally Organize Our Friends? « Design « kev/null

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één reactie, 18 juli 2011
  • Persoonlijk geloof ik voorlopig toch nog het meest in een derde weg: je hebt je grote publieke netwerkomgeving waar je deelt wat je (in principe) met de wereld wilt delen (hier zou je twitter of google+ kunnen zien), waarbij circles een verfijning zijn voor waar dat goed in is (zie hierboven wat Kevin hierover schrijft). En je hebt niche-communities waar je specifiek bij aansluit omdat je je verbonden voelt met de bindende centerforce van de community en daar graag aan bij wil dragen. En waar je een specifiek deel van je (online) identiteit aan verbindt en ontleent.