Do we really use too many buzzwords? Right now, “real-time”. Some words Kevin has found useful to describe the new web.
- Flow: the stream metaphor.
- Faces: we expect faces. Making the face bigger makes the information more relevant. A large part of our brain is about faces.
- Phatic: an action that is designed for social interaction, grooming purposes, not to communicate content.
- Following: not assuming that all relations are bi-directional. Basic pattern of the web. Hyperlinks go in one direction. This is what allowed the web to scale to the size it is. Very powerful in a social context too.
- Semi-overlapping publics: not just “one” public space, which is an invention of mass media. We all see a different web. We have different publics.
- Mutual media: all these networks are ways of making sense of the world, filtering the web for each other to make it more interesting.
- Small world networks: it’s easy for information to flow through these networks, and there are also long-range links, so we don’t stay locked up in our small worlds.
- Out-groups: homophily, minimal group paradigm. Different parts of the web as different countries. You feel alien when visiting another online community than those you’re familiar with.
- Tummeling: the person who connects people with each other. The life and soul of the party.
That’s Kevin’s set of words that help him think about the web.