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Designing Social Interfaces: Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Improving the User Experience

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From the creators of Yahoo!'s Design Pattern Library, Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you'll face when starting a social website. Designing sites that foster user interaction and community-building is a valuable skill for web developers and desi ...more
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Published September 17th 2009 by Yahoo Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Ahmed Salem
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of joy for someone like me who is very addict to Social internet. Also it is very useful for those who are tide to design a social network as a complete reference.

Two points that I am seriously recommend this book for any one are:
- It literally covers all the topics and issues about Social Networks.
- For someone who hardly find a time for reading like me, or someone on rush to find information about a specific topic, this book will let you get in the point and get all answers r
Tom Olson
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When I purchased this book I was hoping to get a better grasp on common social interface patterns and their usage. I wanted to build better autocomplete tools so users could more readily find users and connections, or learn better ways to organize groups of users so they'd be easier to find and isolate in an interface. While this book has given me descriptive patterns and current examples of those patterns, I still felt like it missed giving me the insight I was r
Ash Moran
The book labels itself as "Principles, Patterns, and Practices", but primarily it's a pattern library. I've come to this knowing very little about social media and social networks, so my review is a newbie perspective.

The book documents patterns of social UIs extensively. Most of the examples are from a small set of high-profile sites, with a bias towards Yahoo (due to being authored there). Patterns range in scope from the almost invisible (Welcome Page, Avatar, Sign In) to ones so complex whol
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is just a pattern library with next to no discussion on the topic. The patterns are familiar and common sense to anyone who has used social web. Each pattern is presented with very short description, "when to use" recommendation and some examples, mostly from the same subset of sites. For me, the examples were most interesting; although I felt that the book would have been better if it included some examples of bad implementation and anti-patterns as well.

All in all, I learned only a f
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written book. Filled with explicative design patterns related to social interfaces and lots of known examples in the form of website's images.

For the experienced interface designers or even for some of the most observant web users, the patterns present in this book may come out as being obvious.

Still, that's why they are called patterns, they are the most well known common practices in the field compiled in one book.

I highly recommend this book. Even if people don't read it
Dave Konopka
This one is mostly common sense for anyone who's used more than a few social oriented services. It does a good job though breaking down features across all of these sites into single unit functions that can be helpful in communicating about social features. Worth a skim through if you're starting a social project. ...more
Rose Buenconsejo
Obviously, this is a good reference for those who want create social apps. On the other thought, all aplications are meant to be used by humans who are by nature social. So I believe, this is a good beginner's book.

I considered it as beginners. If you've been a long time social web app user, the ideas presented here are not that surprising.
Alexander Debkaliuk
This book is more of a catalogue of patterns way too familiar to anyone in the industry. I didn't really see much value in it. Could be written by anybody else. ...more
Nathanael Coyne
A useful resource. Not a book you would read cover to cover but still packed with plenty of ideas, guidance and examples for the interaction designer working with social websites.
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