Dickens, cliffhanger on every page
Putting data on display = publishing
Blogs are fragmentary
Every single thing you do needs to be dated for context
In hindsight it’ll show you patterns
Example: Infovore and previous blog actually join
Collect data across boundaries (chronological, digital, physical)
Nostalgia, be fuzzy, looking back at old stories etc.
Analogy of reviews of books with comments on blog — making it livelier.
If something counts (comments, statistics) make them accessible and public.
Fin. serial narrative.
How can someone remember these huge stories?
Because they use known structures and formulas, conventions.
You can leave out stuff. Two tellings are never the same.
He doesn’t believe in single sign-up. Stuff will be different between sites.
Profiles of people should be different between sites.
Retroactive continuity (retcon)
“deliberately changing previously established facts in fiction”
Crisis on Infinite Earths (Marvel) starting anew
Social software: revising earlier versions.
E.g.: Flickr replace button.
Fiction — telling lies, no let’s tell untruths
“Truth: something with no deliberate dishonesty” — Andrew Losowsky, http://tinyurl.com/lug7c
The Doorbells of Florence (on Fiickr)
Give people the chance to use something else than their real name. Personas are important. Handle based culture has existed for a long time online.
Expect people to tell untruths.
Kaycee Nicole Swenson hoax Dying of leukemia, PayPal, blogging, died, but not really, she was an old woman.
No default for truth.
Fictional characters on Friendster.
Vincent Gallo on site — deleted too but it was really him…
Wikipedia should mix both fiction and truth
Telling the story (final section)
The language you use is important
(Jarhead is a great book.)
You should tell a tale and talk as little as possible in your own voice.
Breedster, art project, insect, eating, shitting and having sex. Sexual disease — everyone became infertile.
User experience is important.
Good storytelling can’t save a terrible story.
When you create social software, look to storytelling for inspiration.
Q We should have a debate about truth and fiction. A Internet doesn’t have a laughter track and it never will. We expect comm. media to be truthful but publishing media to be used for fiction. Internet is both… Friend that was evicted from WoW because of roleplaying a racist character. There is a risk that the net will get really po-faced.
Q How can we go about determining who’s really who? A Example of phishing (Paypal), lots of people will believe you when you just get the style right. With text it’s really easy to pretend to be someone else. Real names shouldn’t be forced to publish their real names.