September 7th, 2004

Sea dragon

Usability in social interfaces

I became interested about a year ago in how people are creating real communities via online contact with each other. I like the idea of writing about this, but I'm not sure where I'll go with the idea ... don't know if anyone really cares about what I have to say, but I like the idea of helping create documentation of a quickly evolving world, something someone else might quote in their PhD thesis. I could probably suck my brother in, too, as he's heavily involved via his work at The Borg.

At any rate, Joel Spolsky, one of the few geek type writers who's stuff I really like to read (blame his "Why must you hire testers?" article of some years back, hero making writing in my opinion), now has an article with the teaser, "When you're writing software that mediates between people, after you get the usability right,
you have to get the social interface right
." I think this might very much add to my thoughts on the subject and intend to read it just as soon as I find a few more bugs. And get a bag of potato chips. Mmmm. Chips.