10 Things That Will Make Or Break Your Website

October 4, 2006 § 1 Comment

10 Things That Will Make Or Break Your Website pretty much sums it up. Especially relevant to this blog are:

3.Open up your data as much possible.
The future is not in owning data. Expose every axis of your data for people to mash up. Get an API and release it out to the wild, but stay conscious of abuse, whether intentional or not (ex: newbie programmers unwittingly making 100 sever requests/sec.) Offer an RSS feed for everything on your site.

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10. User generated content and social software trends
This is a bit of a catchall, but I’d like to list what has been working and not working in the user generated content space.

  1. Not working:
    1. Requiring participation from square 1. Not all users need to participate to generate social value.
    2. Buying communities.
    3. Social networks for the sake of social networks.
    4. Wikipedia consensus model (many people contribute to one idea for the greater good) is not a good model in general and probably cannot be duplicated outside Wikipedia.
  2. Working:
    1. Giving users control, being open to different uses you did not anticipate.
    2. Dunbar principle – segments of under 150 people.
    3. The individual should get value and the organization should derive aggregated value from all the individuals.
    4. Social sites have and need different types of users and each should be motivated/rewarded equally.
    5. Many voices generate emergent order: you can get much value out of all that data.

Thanks fresh+new for the heads up

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