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Social Interaction Design Research: Reading Notes

Reading Notes: Social Systems

Summary: Reading notes on theories applicable to design of social software and social media. Concepts from psychology, sociology, linguistics, online interaction and performance enrich our theory of user interaction on Web 2.0 sites, social networking sites like,, and more

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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Niklas Luhmann's systems theory could be immensely useful in the study of social software. However, it has nothing in common with the terms familiar to HCI, UI, UX, and interaction designers. This is a very brief white paper and quoes from Luhmann's text on Social Systems. I hope to develop ideas introduced here in greater detail in the future.

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