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Lessons Learned in Scaling and Building Social Systems

Joshua Schachter (del.icio.us)
1:20pm Wednesday, 09/17/2008
Topic: Development
Location: 1A08 & 10

Joshua Schachter will offer unparalleled insights into how to successfully build, develop, and scale social web applications, with an emphasis on the power of community. He will also discuss how technology can augment the ability to organize, recall, and share information found on the Web, effectively making one’s memory more scalable as the amount of content proliferates.

In expanding this concept to the community level, users are able to discover additional items tagged and saved in similar interest areas. Because del.icio.us and similar systems operate primarily with the intent of allowing individuals to build and organize their own collection of information, a vibrant community encompassing a great deal of expertise on a variety of subjects is constructed. Viewing the aggregate activity inside the system allows “wisdom of the crowds”-style visualization and analysis of the daily ebb and flow of information on the Web.

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Joshua Schachter

del.icio.us

Joshua Schachter started del.icio.us as a hobby in 2003 and ignited the whole tagging phenomenon. He began to work on it full-time with the founding of del.icio.us inc in March, 2005. Before that, Joshua worked in financial services in NYC for ten years, including most recently with Morgan Stanley. Joshua has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.