Discussion Archive: September 2007

23 Sep 2007 - 4:37pm
Kevin Wong

The Third Place: We're designing it now.


I do not remember finding any software that promises to keep track of
all your online identities, or even push updates out to all of them
for that manner. However, this did help me remember something I
wanted to read that I recently bookmarked. David Recordon writes
about the continuing effort Six Apart is taking on opening up the
social graph and how OpenID will help make this happen.

23 Sep 2007 - 3:20pm
Jenifer Tidwell

The Third Place: We're designing it now.

Will's essay made me wonder something. Does any software exist to help me
manage the identities I present at various online sites?

As he points out, online identities tend to be fragmented. My social
circles rarely interact, especially the online ones, and I present different
faces to each (not necessarily on purpose, but as a side effect of the
communities' purposes and social norms). I find it hard to keep track of
all of them.

On the most simple level, for instance, I might want a way to update my
avatar on most of the communities I frequent.

23 Sep 2007 - 8:27am

The Third Place: We're designing it now.

Of course - the interesting thing is the paucity of the omitted middle
(to borrow from introduction to logic classes), namely there are
plenty of blogs, articles, and introductory books about social
networks - the digital third space, etc - and there is a plethora of
theoretical work done by SNA (social network analysis) academics,
sociologists, etc.


The Third Place: We're designing it now.

Christina wrote:

It brings up the question "Are Social Networks, Media and Software the
new third place?"

Where does one go to assuage loneliness or boredom? Do you open Twitter?
Swing by Facebook? Is email a third place?

22 Sep 2007 - 2:35pm
6 years ago
4 replies

The Third Place: We're designing it now.


Reading Joel on Software's Building Communities with Software
"The social scientist Ray Oldenburg talks about how humans need a
third place, besides work and home, to meet with friends, have a beer,
discuss the events of the day, and enjoy some human interaction.

22 Sep 2007 - 11:44am
6 years ago
16 replies

IxDA Group on LinkedIn

Hello IxDAers,
Thanks to the efforts of Micah Laaker, there is an IxDA group up and
running on LinkedIn. Joining will allow you to find and contact other
IxDA members on LinkedIn.

22 Sep 2007 - 9:46am
6 years ago
3 replies

Book Review: The User Is Always Right

The User Is Always Right: A Practical Guide to Creating and Using Personas
for the Web<http://www.amazon.com/User-Always-Right-Practical-Creating/dp/0321434536>,
Steve Mulder and Ziv Yaar.

This comprehensive guide approaches user experience research like never
before, and is *well-written, easy-to-read*, and *quite user friendly*.

22 Sep 2007 - 2:03am
Tom Corbett

Privacy (was: Google Social)

The Google Social thread described an idea for a tool that aggregates
one individual's online activities in one place for use by another

A recent article by George Duncan, CMU, suggests that system designers
incorporate privacy as a fundamental design parameter. The rational is
that the risk of the misuse of personal information -- from social
networking sites, for example -- is increasing as the cost of
gathering, linking, storing, and broadcasting information decreases.

I am wondiering if the group has any thoughts on this.

-Tom Corbett

21 Sep 2007 - 10:06pm
6 years ago
7 replies
Jack L. Moffett

iPhone Usability Test

Has anyone read about the iPhone vs. HTC Touch vs. Nokia N95
usability study performed by Perceptive Sciences?


While I believe the final result is likely correct (the iPhone wins
handily), I question the integrity of the study.

21 Sep 2007 - 2:43pm
Jarod Tang

gimp begin the ui redesign brain storming

GIMP UI Redesign Project <http://gui.gimp.org/index.php/GIMP_UI_Redesign>
It looks a quit interesting issues happens in open source domain. AFAIK,
some other project like blender or some uml modeling tools experience the
same kind of issues.
The things here interesting is;

1. there's a concrete project with concrete domain, also user there