To boldly write

· Social Design, User Experience

I first met Jurgen Fauth in rec.music.gdead on Usenet and found in him a fellow literary adventurer, who eventually contributed to Enterzone, and with whom I’ve kept in touch over the years. We may even have attended a Phish concert together at some point.

More recently, Jurgen has been building an amazing story sharing site called Fictionaut. To me, Fictionaut represents what Enterzone sort of dreamed of being: a community-driven rethinking of literary and creative publishing. (We also delved into interactive and programmatic art and other things too, but at least on the fiction tip, this is exactly what we were hoping would come about some day). So, I was greatly flattered and honored when Jurgen asked me to join the board of advisors for Fictionaut. We’ve had some good conversations about the social aspects of the site and how to evolve the interface and the experience to take the whole thing to the next level.

Along the way, I kept meaning to post a story to Fictionaut, if only to play with the UI and give Jurgen better feedback, but also of course to participate in the community and even tentatively begin re-exploring my quasi-dormant fiction-writer persona. I haven’t been cranking out a lot of stories lately. I blame work! but I did extract an excerpt from a semi-finished memoir a couple of years back to read at Wilmot’s in Alameda and I felt that people enjoyed the story, so today I finally got around to posting the story, and I’ll include a link to it in the following post on this blog.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in reading or writing short stories (and poems and other literary forms), you really should check out Fictionaut.

Bulletin article Boingboinged

· Information Architecture, long story short, Patterns, Social Design, User Experience

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.

Designing Social Interfaces, Rough Cut edition now available from O'Reilly Media

· Design, Information Architecture, Patterns, Social Design, The Power of Many, User Experience, Yahoo!

Designing Social Interfaces - Rough Cut | O'Reilly Media

Designing Social Interfaces – Rough Cut | O’Reilly Media

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The unedited, 500 page first draft of our book is available now in PDF format for review by anyone who can’t bear to wait till September for the first (“real”) edition to come out.

Yay!