Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

Tagged #socialnetworking

The median Facebook user only has around 100 friends

…not 190, which is the average (via @ignorethecode)

The Real Life Social Network v2

Slide deck by an ex-Google+ designer on the challenges of designing social networks that respect our individual groups of contacts with differing strengths of relationship and privacy needs.

Quarter of tweens on social networks

“A quarter of UK internet users aged eight to 12 had profiles on Facebook, Bebo or MySpace last year, research has found, although the lowest minimum age set on any of the sites is 13.” “44% of children between 12 and 15 thought downloading shared copies of films and music for free should not be illegal.”

Ning Blog » The End of the Red Light District

Ning is ending support for adult social networks, citing lack of advertising revenue, illegal content, and legal headaches over frequent copyright violations


Intermediate between publishers and subscribers. Claims to support HTTP callbacks to remove need for polling. Supports multiple formats/protocols: XMPP, REST, etc.

Social Design Best Practices

…according to Google’s OpenSocial team


White label socal networking platform

Taking social networks abroad - Why MySpace and Facebook are failing in Japan

Partnering with local providers in Japan has provided success for Yahoo. Mobile more important than web for accessing services

Social Networking Trends (first half of 2008)

Social networks are growing in niches

The examples in the article look very weak, but the basic idea seems a winner

Designing for the Social Web: the Book - Bokardo

Community Engine

Social Networking Plugin for Rails


Open source Rails social networking platform

Worldwide Social Network Market Share

How different areas of the world prefer different social networking apps. It’s not just about Facebook…

Children flock to social networks

“More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds who are online in the UK have a profile on a social network”

People you may know

Recommended friends/contacts in social network apps

Lovd By Less -- Opensource Social


Lifestream site that aggregates you and your friends’ links, Twitter feed, etc. links. Facebook app too


UK-based social review site, by Blue Flavor

Why Social Ads Don’t Work - Bokardo

…because people aren’t looking for what’s being advertised. Advice is to focus on niches and have highly relevant, useful ads