What does “social software” mean to you?
Posted by Gia Lyons on April 17, 2008
During a spirited Twitter discussion today with the venerable Mike Gotta, he advised me to define what “social software” means in my previous post in order to provide context, and to come to “agreement on concepts, methods, practices” between vendors and customers so as to avoid a dead end discussion (by the way, Mike will be publishing a report about social software on April 22, which perhaps will aid we confused vendors and customers in defining same ;).
When I’ve asked my customers, spread across the Americas, what “social software” means, here’s the most common answer I get:
It’s wikis, blogs, and something like Facebook. Oh, and we need it to integrate with Windows SharePoint Services.
I get the same answer when I occasionally ask them to define “Web 2.0”, incidentally.
For me, social software is anything that makes user-generated content open to all by default, limited only by firewalls and the manual setting of access control by the participants. It allows for folks to add to that content, whether as comments, ratings, or edits. It should also make it easy to share that content with others, via notifications.
Here’s what Wikipedia contributors think it is.
So I ask you: how do YOU define “social software”? It’ll be interesting to compare our responses to Mike’s report next week.
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