Various tools exist to promote user interaction on the web.
- WebFan – threads are arranged as trees originating from a common center and fanning out as replies.
- PeopleGarden – flower represent users, length of stem is how long the user has been an active participant, petals encode information about the kind of conversations the user was involved with.
- Babble – using social proxies (?)
- ChatCircles – chat visualization simulating proximity of users and emphasizing the now by having older messages fade away.
- BulB – return to PeopleGarden metaphor, but use one flower per thread and encode user participation in the petals and along the stem.
Is there a generic tool that feeds on a RSS feed, puts the various entries on a timeline, and groups them according to some proximity measure? Color bands for topics and brightness for "hot spots" would be nice.
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Other techniques that seem intended to promote user interaction on the web:
- Wiki have a "recent changes" page that helps people find active threads
- many online forum sort threads most-recently-changed on top. If there exist threads that most people don't like talking about, they automatically get sorted to the bottom of the list and forgotten.
- many online forum (like phpBB) display "there are __ users currently online".
- many online forum allow people to set an icon, avatar, or thumbnail picture ( DenotingAuthor ).
- some online forum with avatars show all of them currently online, sort of like being in a room and being able to see everyone else in the room.
- Some web sites ( http://pgdp.net/ ) rank all the users from 1 (made the most posts) to N, and show you a short snippet of that list (rank and user name) that includes your user name. (I'm up to rank 3639 . Whee!) I think this is intended to encourage the less-active people to post more stuff.
This page is old, and may have lost some relevance. (Or, alternatively, may be about to gain it..!)
I wanted to mention, though: On Technorati, they use word size to indicate activity. I've seen the technique used elsewhere; Just forget where.
43things.com has a very similar-looking word-sizing display. – DavidCary
VisualContentChanges ? What's that supposed to mean ? Perhaps there's a better title we could move this article to. DavidCary 2005-05-17 19:41 UTC
Lists using variably-sized words to indicate tag popularity are known as tag clouds. There are other less-intrusive designs for tag clouds possible: variations in font weight, text color, etc. (WikiFeatures:FadingText?)
I agree with DavidCary; I don't understand what "VisualContentChanges" is supposed to mean in this context.
I'm guessing that the author (probably BayleShanks, I'm guessing,) wanted to talk about "things like RecentChanges, in the abstract."
We should probably:
I seems to me that TagClouds? is apart of what Bayle is talking about. Different ways to interact with the information. Some discussion at [wiki4all]