Designing Social Interfaces

Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience

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This book presents a family of social web design principles and interaction patterns that we have observed and codified, thus capturing user-experience best practices and emerging social web customs for web 2.0 practitioners.

Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you’ll face when starting a social website. Designing sites that foster user interaction and community-building is a valuable skill for web developers and designers today, but it’s not that easy to understand the nuances of the social web. Now you have help.

Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone share hard-won insights into what works, what doesn’t, and why. You’ll learn how to balance opposing factions and grow healthy online communities by co-creating them with your users.