Persistent conversations workshop was a nice way to start the conference: some familiar faces, lots of people I wanted to meet and interesting conversations.
The workshop was framed around Slashdot as an example of the system supporting persistent conversations.
I’m glad that I had an opportunity to present as well – it was a chance to talk not about finished work, but about some thinking in progress. This time it was about social visibility.
I picked up the idea from Jan Schmidt’s pointer to the paper, “Communication without Agents? From Agent-Oriented to Communication-Oriented Modeling” (proper reference and more) quite some time back. It associates well with some of my thinking on weblog conversations, but this time I tried to play the rules and use Slashdot as an example. My presentation (What is “beneath your current threshold”? Social visibility in persistent conversations) is online, but it’s sketchy, so I hope to find time to write it up properly.
Other presenters (will add more links later):
- Tom Erickson
- Sheizaf Rafaeli
- Matthias Trier: Visualising and evaluating communication networks in Slashdot discussions – visualised with Commetrix, which I’d love to use to analyse weblog conversations
- Brian Dennis: (Re?)Socialising Slashdot (slides) – check for ideas on visualising someone’s position in a community/conversation (re: blog certificates)
- Christian Wagner: Slashdot Demise (slides)
Thinking themes from the workshop:
- interactivity and critical mass
- visualisations and their impact on conversations/communities
- relations between conversations and community (e.g. what can you say about relations between people by looking at their conversations; re: artefacts in weblog communities)
- self-regulation (re: defragmentation effort users take when fragmentation of conversations is explicit)
- getting value of old discussions (re: process vs. outcomes, knowledge mapping)
Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2005/01/04.html#a1472; comments are here.