In December 2007 Brian Oberkirch and I sat down in my home in San Francisco for a discussion about social objects. This week Brian added the conversation to his series of podcasts on social software.
Although it’s been a year and some of the discussed services have evolved (for instance, OpenSocial has progressed in leaps and bounds), the discussed ideas continue to be at the core of my work.
Here’s a topical breakdown of the 42-minute MP3 file in roughly chronological order:
- definition of a social object
- Facebook and OpenSocial
- what makes a good social object
- making objects shareable
- turning invitations into gifts
- charging publishers not spectators
- status updates as social objects