Liz’s recommendation: mamamusings: social software reading list:
* Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, by Steven Johnson.
* Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age, by Duncan Watts.
* Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, by Howard Rheingold.
* Linked: The New Science of Networks, by Albert-L�szl� Barab�si.
* Small Pieces Loosely Joined, by David Weinberger.
* “The Strength of Weak Ties,” by Mark Granovetter [from the American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 78, No. 6. (May, 1973), pp. 1360-1380.] RIT faculty can retrieve a PDF of this article by going to the JSTOR database via the RIT library, and searching for author=Granovetter and title=weak ties in the Sociology journals.
Some of the feedback suggestions are also interesting.
Clay wrote in Many-to-Many: Notes from ITP: Flickr-as-web-services edition:
“More importantly for social software generally, both the Flickr API and the inclusion of del.icio.us-style tags have turned Flickr into a service as well as a site. Both 24in48.org (24 people documenting 48 hours in NYC) and Bickr.com (photo contests) simply use Flickr as their back-end, as Flickr handles the uploading, tagging, and re-sizing, and has a fantastic set of APIs.”
From Many-to-Many, you saw the link to The Role of RSS in Science Publishing: Syndication and Annotation on the Web; which was published in this month’s D-Lib Magazine.
“It gos on to provide an excellent overview of what RSS and syndication are and how they work, as well as relevant uses and implications for publishing. Well worth a read.” (thanks, Liz.)
Adam L. Penenberg wrote on the Wired: “Lately there has been a lot of discussion on the net about how to make money off RSS, which, depending on whom you ask, stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, but which many publishers and bloggers hope will turn into a Really Sweet (revenue) Stream.”
Sheila wrote: “For more than 12 months, I’ve been visiting, trying out and reviewing several weblog tools – from aggregators (blog readers) to weblog software. With a lot of tools flooding the blogosphere right now, bloggers are bound to favor some over others. These are my top favorites for 2004.”
From Smart Mobs: “Tim Finin points to interesting news from Online DVD rental leader Netflix, which is looking for ways to keep ahead of its competators.
In its latest move to fend off competitive threats, Netflix will let subscribers invite friends to peek at DVDs they’ve watched and read their opinions of the movies. If the invitation is accepted, the sender automatically gets reciprocal rights to read the friend’s lists and reviews.”