|Social accounting systems|
Social accounting tools suggest methods and structures to measure social connectedness and establish trust among large communities of strangers, building reputation along dimensions that are appropriate to a specific context and creating a visible history of individual behavior within a community.
Social accounting systems are
mechanisms for building trust
among strangers and reducing
the risk of transactions. They
include formal rating systems,
automatic referral systems, and
collaborative filtering to establish
the reputation of individuals and
organizations as well as products
Social software makes explicit, amplifies, and extends many of the informal cooperative structures and processes that have evolved as part of human culture, providing the tools and awareness to guide people in intelligently constructing and managing these processes to specific ends.
Social software is a set of tools that enable group-forming networks to emerge quickly. It includes numerous media, utilities, and applications that empower individual efforts, link individuals together into larger aggregates, interconnect groups, provide metadata about network dynamics, flows, and traffic, allowing social networks to form, clump, become visible, and be measured, tracked, and interconnected.
Wikis are easy-to-edit group Web pages. They enable groups to create large, selfcorrecting knowledge repositories like Wikipedia. Anyone can edit any article; a complete archive of previous versions makes it easy to restore old versions, so it’s easy to repair errors and vandalism.