Social interfaces are the way a system facilitates social behaviour between users.

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Is there a more effective way to convince users to sign up with their social media accounts?

The current design for a sign-up page of mine is split into 2 sections - Sign up using your social media account on the left and a sign-up form with 5 inputs on the right. We ran a quick user test and ...
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Improving the UX of Clippy

Some 10 years ago, Microsoft tried to introduce a personal assistant for his Office suite, Clippy, in order to help their users discover new features. Even if there seem to be people that like it (MS ...
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How to best indicate navigation menu on mobile

What's the best way to indicate the navigation menu on mobile devices? I see this three-bar icon being used a lot, but do users really understand what it means? Wouldn't a button simply saying ...
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Are breadcrumbs still in?

Despite NNGroup's praise, I notice none of the big players (StackExchange, Facebook, Google, YouTube) use breadcrumbs. None of the big ecommerce players either. Why is this? Possible guesses: Users ...
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User relationship: friends vs followers

Facebook has the concept of friends, whereas twitter has the concept of followers. Both define a relationship between users of the system. Is there a substantial difference between the two? What ...
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How to leverage team effects in HCI?

Humans and Computers can act as if they were a team. Clifford Nass shows in his experiments that even though we would deny it, we treat computers as little humans ("social actors"). In his chapter ...
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Usernames vs. Real Names

I want to create a social network mainly geared towards user-to-user interactions such as commenting and discussion boards. From my observations, I've found that users are more likely to engage in ...
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What is the fundamental difference between liking and upvoting? Please signify what to use in what contexts?

In particular: How do people perceive the difference between these actions? How do people perceive the difference between a like/don't like system and a upvote/downvote system? When should you use ...
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Why use a 3-column layout like StackExchange, Facebook and YouTube?

Why do sites like StackExchange, Facebook and YouTube center their content and reduce its width? As opposed to sites like Reddit that go full width. Are they trying to spare the user from too much ...
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Showing facebook profile picture to show logged in user

Let's say you login on a web shop using a facebook connect button. Do you think it is good practice for the site to retrieve your profile pic and display it just by your login name? I wonder if it ...
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How to indicate the word “interesting” with an icon? [closed]

In the project I am currently working on everything is based around the essence of "interests". One of the most important and bold UI elements in this project, is a button that when pressed gives us ...
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What do users expect when showing list of friends who use the app vs friends that don't?

I have made a philosophy/ethics question multiplayer game for a obligatory norwegian course on all universities. App is loaded with questions you can answer alone, or against an opponent. To battle ...
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How should one refer to their social network profiles in prints?

In case a person has many different social network profiles, what is the proper way of referring to those profiles in a work that is meant to be printed or may be viewed as an image? For example one ...
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1-column vs n-column timelines / news feeds

Facebook's news feed employs a 1-column layout, whereas Google+ employs multi-columns, depending on the width of the browser. (It appears it's between 1-3 columns). Pinterest have many. Are there ...
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do I need to show the post inline after a person posts?

We have a site with a feed of activities people are doing and others can reply to those activities. The current design has a place for replying in the feed but we don't want to show other replies ...
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App - Should a user be able to edit the text of a tweet or facebook post?

I am building an android app, and i have implemented what i believe to be a very good user interface/flow. To upload a photo to our website there are 3 steps. You select the photo. You enter a ...
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What should we do with external links on a Reddit-like social news site?

Basically, we are working on a site that is similar to Reddit (but not exactly a clone). Users are able to post images, links and text posts (what Reddit calls "self posts") and we believe links will ...
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How do people use Google+ circles?

What's the most frequent mental model? Do people use circles to: categorize people ("friends", "collegues", "family"? or to define interests ("bicycle", "cooking", "politics")? The question is ...
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Is 'usability' enough for a company portal?

I want to know if this argument is a common one that is made - as it's one I was intending to conclude a report with. I have been asked to advise on how to improve the usability of a company portal. ...
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Dealing with Connected Social Accounts and Potential Orphans

Our application has the following signup paths: Twitter Connect Facebook Connect Email/Password Once you signup with one, you have the option to connect either both social account (in the case of an ...
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Is there value in a user profile photo for an enterprise app?

I have an app that helps users get thing done - sort of an ERP for a particular vertical. There is quite a bit of interaction in there among users, but it's not a social app. Is there value in a ...
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On feeds, should newer items be at the bottom or the top?

I make feeds for a living and unless I'm mixed-up, on all the feeds I can think of, from Whassapp down, of course new items appear at the top of the page, the top of the list. (I.E., the old items ...
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Examples/suggestions for empty activity feeds

I am working on a site where the central page shows activity from other users nearby. (similar to a facebook or twitter newsfeed) The problem is, as this is a new site, there are often going to be ...
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Is there a reason why you can like your own post?

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all enable you to like/favorite your own post. Is there a reason behind why they allow you to favorite your own post? Should it be done an alternate way? There ...
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Developing the fastest and most hassle-free login system [closed]

I'm building an opensourced social network that will be an alternative to Facebook and others. Where I'm now stuck at is building the fastest login system possible (including a fast registration too). ...
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Upon the launch of a new site - add big slide-down / lightbox explanation?

Upon the launch of say a new social media site - is it appropriate to do a big slide-down / lightbox to explain what the site is about - or to let users figure things out for themselves? Former: ...
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Sort by recent / popular: Use tabs or buttons?

I need to sort my content by recent and most popular. I see Reddit uses tabs, but unfortunately tabs won't fit into my layout. Would I be breaking any UX principles by using buttons? This question ...
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Are avatars needed where the user isn't the focal point of the product

I'm building an app where user's vote/rate on restaurant dishes. The objective for visitors in general is to find which dishes are worth trying/not trying. In a app like this should there be an option ...
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Does adding comments to photos really add to the user-experience?

I'm putting together an app where users can upload photos of dishes from the restaurants they visit. Right now I'm debating on whether or not to include the ability to comment. What I'm trying to ...
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Food app UI decision - clean/realistic vs fun/game-like [closed]

I am in an early stage of designing a food-related mobile app with a social component. I have two main options: Clean, simplistic approach with focusing on the food images as the main attraction. ...
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Is there an alternative to the standard comment stream below blog posts?

We have seen it a million times, the standard comment stream below the blog post / article. But there are alternative options out there. I'm thinking soundcloud ...
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What is it about Instagram's layout that makes it so popular?

When I ask clients, colleagues, and friends why they much prefer using Instagram to some of their brand in-house photo sharing apps(in fashion), they respond that it's mostly the cleanliness and their ...
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How does the YouTube 2014 voting system work? [closed]

As of this post, YouTube users on the site to upvote/downvote comments below videos. What confuses me is that the # of upvotes are visible while downvotes aren't ever visible. What advantage does it ...
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If I replicate a UX strategy from a popular app for my app, is there any proof that it'll work for my users?

Let's say for e.g I replicate the Facebook app but as another social media platform. My users are similar to facebook's users, their habits and lifestyle are similar too, would that guarantee me ...
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multiple 'profile pics' per user?

In my social network, I would like to give each user an option to enter 1 Then throughout the site Whenever the user is shown, with (traditionally) their profile pic -- I would show one random pic of ...
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How can we call the UI discussion pattern on Google+ or Facebook? Is it a chat?

Look at this screenshot of a typical interaction on Google+: How can we call it? Is it a chat? Is it a blogpost with comments? Is it a Q&A? What's the proper name?
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Instagram: Photo-viewing Experience

In its current version, Instagram does not allow users to view photos in full screen or zoom in on them. For an app/company completely based on viewing photos, this seemed odd to me, and I can't come ...
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What is the better way to place link in tweets for better UX for max. engagement?

The most common way of placing link in tweet is: Tweet Text followed by LINK like: The ABCs of Landing Pages That Work [Infographic] http://t.co/qeJUFrY93H However, recently I have been ...
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Advice on great examples of social networking design ( profiles / search / my profile )? [closed]

I'm looking for some good examples of social networking based websites that have great designs: What to make the homepage Browsing users Showing profiles Searching for users or information Search ...
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Advantages of integrating chat and messages

The web app I'm working on (a social network) allows users to chat and send each other messages. This is not the main focus of the app, but it will be used quite a lot (these conversation need to be ...
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Registration processes for Social network site

I am building a website (kind of social network) for which I am designing registration and login pages. Here is how my registration page will look like: download bmml source – Wireframes ...
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Choosing the right 3rd Party Login Services for your app

I'm building a desktop/mobile app and in addition to the standard login I wanted to provide a way for users to be able to login to from services such as Google, Facebook, etc. The difficult part in ...
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What is the typical size for user avatars on mobile devices?

I'm currently designing a social oriented app that has a feed. To the left of every message would be the avatar of the user. I know that it depends from project to project but nonetheless what seems ...
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Should I use social logins for the design of an insurance (home) quote and buy site with self-serve?

I'm designing an insurance site. When users create a quote + select to save, they are asked to create an account. When users buy a policy, they have to create an account so they can manage their ...
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Display posts in modal or separate link

I have a question on postings that are used in twitter/facebook and want to get some feedback on this. When there is a post, do you think users prefer to see AJAX loading comments like on facebook ...