Userability Podcast # 15 – Going Social

Brian Christiansen

April 30th, 2010

Duration: 15:40m | 9 MB
Recorded: March, 2010
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
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It seems we’ve failed to offend our international audience sufficiently, so this week we’ll try again by chatting with Jay Vidyarthi, a designer hailing form Montréal, Québec, Canada. Jay is working on a project with social design aspects. He’s helping design a site where the goal is to build “an involved and contributing community of users.” He wants to know if there are any user experience techniques to encourage participation.

Jared and Robert think human psychology is the place to start. They discuss a couple of recent issues in the social web realm, like the launch of Google Buzz. They suggest a few books which examine the intersection of psych and web design, including Joshua Porter’s Designing for the Social Web, and Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone’s Designing Social Interfaces.

Tune in to see if Robert and Jared manage to help Jay with an answer without offending our friendly neighbors to the north.

Have a serious UX question? Send it in and Jared Spool and Robert Hoekman, Jr. will answer it with a healthy dose of levity. Please send your deep, vexing questions to us at We’d love to feature you on the show!

2 Responses to “Userability Podcast # 15 – Going Social”

  1. Yu Blog, le blogue de Yu Centrik, Expertise en Utilisabilité et ergonomie des interfaces Says:

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  2. Yu Blog, the blog of Yu Centrik, Usability Expertise Says:

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