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Types of social software


Email CC: -- basic, first generation Web 1.0 application

 

Instant messaging -- one-to-one; communicate with another person over a network; AOL Instant Messenger; Yahoo! Messenger, SMS

 

Internet Relay Chat -- one-to-many/many-to-many; virtual meeting rooms; chat rooms

 

Internet Forums -- one-to-many/many-to-many; bulletin boards, discussion board; news groups, listservs, Yahoo! Groups

 

Blogs or Weblogs -- one-to-many/many-to-many; online journals, trackback; Blogger, EduBlogs, Elgg

 

Wikis -- one-to-many/many-to-many; online database; quick; open editing; Wikipedia, PSU Wiki Portal

 

Social Network Services -- one-to-many/many-to-many; allow people to come together online around shared interests or causes; Friendster, Classmates, Orkut

 

Social Guides -- one-to-many/many-to-many; recommending places to visit in the real world such as coffee shops, restaurants, and wifi hotspots; one-to-many; Cafe Spot, Tagzania

 

Social Bookmarking -- one-to-many; Some web sites allow users to post their list of favorite websites for others to search and view. This alloows people to meet or link to others with whom they share a common interest; del.icio.us, furl, blinklist, Tagcloud

 

Social Citations -- one-to-many; post a citation for an article found on the internet; CiteULike

 

Social Libraries -- one-to-many/many-to-many; allows visitors to keep track of their collectibles; users can share their collections and recommendations are generated based on the ratings; Discogs, Bibliophil

 

Social Shopping Applications -- one-to-many/many-to-many; users provide product recommendations and reviews; Swagroll, Stylefeeder

 

Peer-to-Peer Social Networks -- one-to-many/many-to-many; allow users to share blogs, files (e.g., music, photographs) and instant messages; Imeem, Qnext

 

Collaborative Real-Time Editing -- one-with-many; collaborative editing of a text or media file by different users on a network; SubEthaEdit, Writely

 

Virtual Worlds and Massively-Multiplayer Online Games -- one-to-many; many-to-many; places where it is possible to meet and interact with other people in a world that looks somewhat like reality; Second Life, Active Worlds, World of Warcraft

 

 

This list is based on the reference found in Wikipedia under Social Software


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