From Social Patterns
Social Patterns & Best Practices
section title: Social to the Core
chapter title: You're Invited
chapter title: Where's the Rest of Me?
chapter title: We Are Here! We Are Here! We Are Here!
chapter title: Would You Buy a Used Car from This Person?
section title: Where’s the Action?
chapter title: Hunters Gather
Broadcasting & Publishing
chapter title: The Megalophone
chapter title: Share and Share Alike
chapter title: Long Time Listener, First Time Caller
chapter title: Watson Come Quick!
chapter title: Barnraising
chapter title: Social Media Junkies Unite!
section title: One of Us, One of Us
chapter title: We Need to Talk
chapter title: Good Cop, Bad Cop
Place, Geography, Location
chapter title: Where in the World?
Both geophysical place and virtual sense of place (relates to presence, identity, relationships, and community)
Open for Business
Appendices & Misc.
What is this site?
We decided to share the patterns as we write the patterns and the book to get community feedback. We think that hearing a variety of opinions about these topics will make the material stronger and more representative of what's happening in social interfaces. As we complete sections of the book, we will be adding the patterns.
If you choose to contribute, we ask that you don't delete sections out right, but rather add your information with attribution. We want to incorporate contributions into the final book material and would like to know who contributed what. Every page has a discussion tab for conversations about the topic.
We look forward to talking with you!
What's a Pattern?
A pattern describes an optimal solution to a common problem within a specific context.
A pattern is not a finished piece of code or design. Rather, it reflects the sum total of a community's knowledge and experience or expertise in a given domain.
When we talk about patterns, we often start by noticing social behavior patterns. These are patterns in what people do, with or without interfaces designed for those purposes. These patterns are interesting and fun to talk about and they help us understand what's likely to happen, but they are not the primary focus of this project.
The patterns in this collection are social design patterns (a.k.a. social user experience design patterns). They are interaction pattern for people designing social interfaces.
Want to work on a pattern? Use this Pattern Template.
The Site and The Book
Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience
by Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone
Available Now! from O'Reilly Media and Yahoo! Press
This book presents a family of social web design principles and interaction patterns that we have observed and codified, thus capturing user-experience best practices and emerging social web customs for web 2.0 practitioners.
This wiki presents the collected patterns for community feedback and discussion.