The Significance of "Social Software"

danah boyd posts an abstract of a proposed paper on the Significance of “Social Software”. I agree with her that there’s not so much radically new about social software in terms of the technology, but that misses the point. Blogs are nothing more than web page publishing made easy, and yet they’ve clearly had a significant impact. Sometimes a modest increase in user-friendliness can create a tipping point in a technology’s penetration.

Other reasons why this current generation of social software is having far more impact than earlier iterations:
– increasing penetration of broadband
– widespread use of digital cameras
– ever-increasing familiarity with virtual communications—see Scott Allen’s blog post immediately below.

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