Shirky on social software.
April 24, 2003 4:12 AM
Clay Shirky's keynote covered the social software landscape by exploring the problem with groups, moderation, integrity and representation in software. One major theme is that the tech and social aspect cannot be uncoupled. One reason I'd suggest is that a reputation system is required for a successful group dynamic (so that trust and assumptions can be leveraged).
Social software is being used at the conference in the form of a Flash based app called confab and more virally thru the use of Hydra. The assumption that the members of the social interactions within the scope of attendance at the conference allows these apps to be used with a strong signal to noise ratio.
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