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Social Interfaces
Monday, September 6, 2004

JoelOnSoftware consistently has interesting things to say and today's essay on the social interface is no exception. Aside from excellent examples, I'd say that his main point is that:

Whereas the goal of user interface design is to help the user succeed, the goal of social interface design is to help the society succeed, even if it means one user has to fail.

That's contentious, but true. Society's work because they collect garbage (see, I even managed to bring Lisp into the discussion -- however obliquely!) and getting open groupware to work is going to require a lot of new thinking! It should be fun.

(note that this is the second posting of this. Sorry, had a little kernel panic, ahhhh)


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