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Designing for the Social Web Paperback – May 4, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0321534927 ISBN-10: 0321534921 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (May 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321534921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321534927
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Massachusetts-based JOSHUA PORTER is a web designer, consultant, and blogger who has been building web sites for over a decade. His company, Bokardo Design, focuses exclusively on the interface design and strategy of social web sites and applications. Josh also publishes the popular blog, Bokardo.com.


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I used this book as one of three textbooks in a class I recently taught.
Jen Kramer
And all of the links cited in the footnotes will expand on the topics he presents to get the depth of the topic at hand the book may be lacking.
Eric Marden
It's clear that the author put a lot of time into this- probably because he's read countless books himself lacking in these areas.
TR6zo

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M., Marcus on August 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
The book is a fast read. It's written in a conversational style, which means it's sometimes very verbose but rarely difficult to understand. There are some references, most of them to blog posts or web sites. A lot of the information sounds more like opinions and the background info is not really explained. The writer makes many unnecessary comments and opinions on things that are very loosely related to the treated subject.

The scope of the book is large. This means that the treatment of topics is shallow. Inside one chapter I could find very interesting paragraphs and then a couple of pages of uninteresting (too shallow or repetition of something that was self evident or repetition) musings. The book would have benefited from more editing and condensation of ideas, as it seems the writer would have had more to say on many topics. This is why it's a shame that the expression is not more condensed and organized.

I would recommend the book as an introduction to many issues concerning modern web site design from a non-technical perspective. I didn't find many new things in the book, but found some inspiring thoughts or comments on existing sites. The problem was that due to the unevenness, there was no fast way of recognizing the less interesting material. But, it's a fast & easy read, so not too much time is lost on the boring parts. I felt i got some ideas & inspiration from it which is always nice.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By TR6zo on May 21, 2008
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First, this is not a programming book- there are no lines of code. Instead, this is about the design of social websites. It is very well written, with many illustrations and examples, in a style which makes it both easy to read and useful as a reference. It's clear that the author put a lot of time into this- probably because he's read countless books himself lacking in these areas. You can probably find books with more information on each topic he discusses but I have never seen one that pulls the information together so completely and coherently. For this alone, he deserves high marks.
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Joshua Porter pours his knowledge about user interface design in social media in this title. While the AOF method (Activities, Objects and Features) he presents early in the book gets a bit confusing when you first read about it, very quickly you get his point.

The design framework he presents is aimed at taking new users of a social site through the steps that make up the usage lifecycle: not being aware of the site > becoming interested in it > using the site for the first time > becoming a regular user > becoming a passionate user.

I see a practical application of Joshua's design philosophy in the way Ning.com (a platform for you to create your own social network) is put together: it is easy for a new member to sign up and create/manage a profile page, interact with other members and sharing with others inside or outside the network so as to make more people aware of the network.

The main downside I found to the book was that, in an attempt to be more comprehensive, it went into certain topics that had little to do with design, such as the case with the chapter on "Authentic Conversations" (why they are the most important thing you can do for your social web site) and the closing chapter on "Funnel Analysis" which seemed a bit rushed and disconnected from the rest. Still, the chapter on authentic conversations was useful and even the one on metrics carried weight and useful tips, just not as much as the rest of the book.

Overall, a very good reference for folks needing to catch up with the social web in the sites they manage.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric Marden on June 5, 2008
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I highly recommend any web developer read this book. Its a very quick read (I think I spent 5 hrs total with the book over the course of a few weekends), and well worth your time.

It basically presents a lot of common knowledge about designing social features into web software as a coherent package. There aren't a lot of earth shattering ideas in the book, but having all the info in one place was very helpful. It focuses on the user experience, so don't expect any graphic design, or programming knowledge to be inferred, but it will get you thinking about how the social web works, and how to get it to work to your advantage. The last chapter on measuring your success is also quite good, and is tool agnostic.

There was nothing in the book that I didn't agree with, which is rarity for me. And all of the links cited in the footnotes will expand on the topics he presents to get the depth of the topic at hand the book may be lacking.

Buy it now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pirkka Rannikko on June 3, 2009
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This book didn't teach me a whole lot of new things about social media. The ideas and design principles in this book can be read from various blogs from a last couple of years. What the book does nicely is that it collects these things together in single covers although it doesn't get very deep into them. The last chapter about funnel analysis was very interesting but I would've liked to get more details.

It is quite short but very well and nicely written for my tastes which made me read it in just one night. Usually it takes me months to read books from the web industry. Web design books are always very interesting but not very exiting and I get bored and swap from book to another.

Recommended introduction for those that are just beginning to work on social web sites and applications or those that needed a refresh. Or to those that don't have the time to read anything longer...
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