Sunday, January 21

Do you know social software?

Never heard of it?

Ok, I am sure you must have heard 'Groupware'!

Also known as collaborative software, a groupware is a software designed to help people involved in a common task achieve their goals. Collaborative software is the basis for computer supported cooperative work.

Such software systems as email, calendaring, text chat, wiki belong in this category. It has been suggested that Metcalfe's law — the more people who use something, the more valuable it becomes — applies to such software.

The more general term social software applies to systems used outside the workplace, for example, online dating services and social networks like Friendster and OpenBC. The study of computer-supported collaboration includes the study of this software and social phenomena associated with it.

Do you know that electronic calendars (also called time management software) — schedule events and automatically notify and remind group members fall under this category?

Courtesy: Wikipedia

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