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Social Interaction Design Research: Reading Notes

Reading Notes: Social Capital

Summary: Communication research on the impact of the internet and communication technology on interpersonal communication and society. These sociological perspectives use human factors and communication theory to suggest design approaches to communication technology beyond computer mediated interaction and HCI design.

These reading notes were taken while researching source material and conceptual frameworks of potential use to social interaction design, an approach I'm developing for use in the development and design of social software, interaction tools, communication technologies and their applications.

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Social capital is a term used imprecisely to describe the value of social networks and societies at large. The term probably means less than it conveys. These reading notes address some of the ways in which social capital has been deployed in discussions of social software.

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