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Building Social Web Applications: Establishing Community at the Heart of Your Site

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Building a web application that attracts and retains regular visitors is tricky enough, but creating a social application that encourages visitors to interact with one another requires careful planning. This book provides practical solutions to the tough questions you'll face when building an effective community site — one that makes visitors feel like they've found a new home on the Web.

If your company is ready to take part in the social web, this book will help you get started. Whether you're creating a new site from scratch or reworking an existing site, Building Social Web Applications helps you choose the tools appropriate for your audience so you can build an infrastructure that will promote interaction and help the community coalesce. You'll also learn about business models for various social web applications, with examples of member-driven, customer-service-driven, and contributor-driven sites.

  • Determine who will be drawn to your site, why they'll stay, and who they'll interact with
  • Create visual design that clearly communicates how your site works
  • Build the software you need versus plugging in one-size-fits-all, off-the-shelf apps
  • Manage the identities of your visitors and determine how to support their interaction
  • Monitor demand from the community to guide your choice of new functions
  • Plan the launch of your site and get the message out

Book News Annotation:

Himself a designer of social web products, Bell explains how to create a web site that supports social human behaviors in order attract and hold a virtual community. He strongly suggests that readers already have some experience in web development before trying this. His emphasis is on the analysis and planning before any code is written. Topics include planning the initial site, social network patterns, managing identities, making connections, writing the application, integrating with the rest of the web, and launching and marketing. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This timely book demonstrates how experienced web developers can use their skills to build community-driven sites — the Web's new killer app. Building a community site that not only attracts and retains a regular audience, but also gets users to interact, is hard work. This book walks web developers and project managers through the tools required to build community-driven websites, around content or around product, that make users feel like they've found a new home on the Web.

About the Author

Gavin Bell is one of a group of volunteers behind talkeuro.com, development notes for which are on betageek.co.uk. Gavin designs infrastructure web products at the BBC, having previously worked in academia, publishing, and advertising. In his spare time, he is interested in reactivating political debate as well as the future of social software. He writes widely, though intermittently, on takeoneonion.org.

Table of Contents

DedicationPrefaceChapter 1: Building a Social ApplicationChapter 2: Analyzing, Creating, and Managing Community RelationshipsChapter 3: Planning Your Initial SiteChapter 4: Creating a Visual ImpactChapter 5: Working with and Consuming MediaChapter 6: Managing ChangeChapter 7: Designing for PeopleChapter 8: Relationships, Responsibilities, and PrivacyChapter 9: Community Structures, Software, and BehaviorChapter 10: Social Network PatternsChapter 11: Modeling Data and RelationshipsChapter 12: Managing IdentitiesChapter 13: Organizing Your Site for Navigation, Search, and ActivityChapter 14: Making ConnectionsChapter 15: Managing CommunitiesChapter 16: Writing the ApplicationChapter 17: Building APIs, Integration, and the Rest of the WebChapter 18: Launching, Marketing, and Evolving Social ApplicationsColophon

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596518752
Author:
Bell, Gavin
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Author:
Bell, Robert
Subject:
Internet - Web Site Design
Subject:
Internet - World Wide Web
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Web - Page Design
Subject:
Web - General
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Web site development
Subject:
Application software -- Development.
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
collaborative;communications;community;design;intelligence;wiki
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.19 x 7 x 0.98 in 1.3 lb

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This timely book demonstrates how experienced web developers can use their skills to build community-driven sites — the Web's new killer app. Building a community site that not only attracts and retains a regular audience, but also gets users to interact, is hard work. This book walks web developers and project managers through the tools required to build community-driven websites, around content or around product, that make users feel like they've found a new home on the Web.
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