The debate about Social Software
The Debate about Social Software.
Is "social software" the new overhyped buzzword?
In an article for the Guardian, Jack Schofield says yes.
Obviously, Howard Rheingold has an opposite view. If you haven't read yet, please look at Historical Roots of Social Software, in which he offers insights about this new phenomenon.
In this Tech Central Station article, Arnold Kling agrees with Rheingold. He thinks that social software is likely to the basis of what could be the next "killer app."
Kling says that with social software, the interaction is no longer between you and your computer, but between the groups you belong to and networks of computers.
In order to explain the issues, King studies three types of problems that this new kind of software might solve: the matching problem, the issue-resolution problem, and the classroom-management problem.
So, is social software hype or reality? The answer is obvious if you regularly read Smat Mobs. Check this column for more comments, but also read all these articles.