Erin and I want to get a bunch of people together at South by Southwest in Austin next March to play SocialMania, the card game we’ve just started beta testing. If that sounds fun, go (sign up and) vote one snaps up for SocialMania: Designing Social Interfaces – The Game.
Also, Dave Gray, myself, and a some other fantastic people are prepared to talk about the rise of the unbook (not the opposite of a book but an unfinished book, a deliberately never-finished book – Designing Social Interfaces is, to some extent, and unbook). I’ve been involved in publishing and technology since the late ’80s and have some thoughts to share from that perspective. Dave Gray and Jay Cross have really worked on this unbook idea in public, as it should be done, and Dave’s Marks and Meaning (current version is 0.5, I believe) is already a wonder.
One more plug: another collaboration with Dave Gray and a different lineup of heavies, including my colleague LukeW from Yahoo! as well as Aza Raskin from Mozilla and peeps from Microsoft and the Goog. The theme is Browsing the Future: Visualizing the Everywhere Internet and I believe Dave will be rapidly sketching the conversation in real time. The comments on that particular proposal and very encouraging.
Vote early and often, or rather just in the nick of time and just this once. Thanks.
What is the IDEA Conference?
The IDEA Conference looks at the intersection of physical and information space and wonders how you design experiences for that. Erin and I have been granted a double session so that we can combine a straightforward presentation of the ideas in Designing Social Interfaces with an interactive quasi-workshop activity involving play-testing a prototype card game we’re designing to teach and provide playful contexts for exploring the dynamics of the social experience design pattern language we’re developing.
Beyond our own time slot, I’m very excited to see the other speakers at IDEA, which has earned a justified reputation as a murderer’s row of keynotes in past years. Bringing men and women from across a range of disciplines (architecture, game design, journalism, academia, information design, and so on) makes IDEA extremely “nutritional” for the mind and the creative spirit.
But it’s not all blue sky and horizons. We’re sharing practical advice, based on hard-won experiences. I happen to know that my colleague, Luke Wroblewski wants to share some things learned at Yahoo! from years of experimenting with various social (friendship, connection, and contact) models.
I’m also pretty excited about taking Nathan Curtis’s Modular User Experience Design & Deliverables workshop, which will directly help me in my work as a curator of patterns and design components.
From the people already showing interest in coming to IDEA I’m pretty sure the “real world” social networking will be a highlight as well. Good, smart people working on similar problems, meeting informally over dinner or drinks (or karaoke) – that’s the secret of a great conference.
Excellent breakdown on how to obtain and sustain “traction” in social software design (the three problems are sign-up, first-time use, and ongoing engagement):
When my Bulletin article got written up in Metafilter, I started posting replies in haste without allowing the conversation to unfold naturally.
I’ve spent a lot more time at Reddit in the last few years than at Metafilter, and more time than both on the Well. Along the way, I forgot some of my experience participating in communities when you’re not a regular but you’re not a noob.
Fortunately, it turned out reasonably well and most of the people who offered me advice on how to behave were nice about it:
@replies considered harmful
on metafilter at least. I get taken to school in mefi-tiquette.
Still it’s a good reminder that I’m as prone as anyone to putting my foot in my virtual mouth and need to be a little less quick on the keyboard trigger finger.
Cory Doctorow picked up on a brief mention from Bruce Sterling in his wired blog pointing to my recent bulletin article. Cory adds
Stupid pitfalls of social media: This American Society for Information Science and Technology paper by Yahoo’s Christian Crumlish has a tidy little cosmology of dumb things that social media does.
Commenters seem inclined to discuss the html rendering of the Bulletin article at the ASIS&T website but a few chimed in to either agree with the observations or suggest that they’re perhaps rather obvious in hindsight.
I wanted to add a comment suggesting that we welcome skepticism and critical feedback and that the wiki is open to editing by anyone, but the sign up procedure for the Boingboing blog involves a password email that I don’t seem to be receiving.
I have an article in the August/September 2009 issue of The Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, called "The Information Architecture of Social Experience Design: Five Principles, Five Anti-Patterns and 96 Patterns (in Three Buckets)" (quite a mouthful, eh?).
I’d like to thank Stacy Surla, one of my colleagues on the board of the Information Architecture Institute, who saw Erin Malone and myself present an overview of the social design patterns project at the 2009 IA Summit and invited us to write an article for the Bulletin.
She gently shepherded and edited the draft and the results, I hope, present a useful taste of the depth of material in our upcoming book.