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Social Scalability and Web 2.0

October 19, 2007

Graham Attwell introduces me the concept of social scalability as a key issue to manage Web 2.0 tools. Wikipedia defines scalability as

In telecommunications and software engineering, scalability is a desirable property of a system, a network, or a process, which indicates its ability to either handle growing amounts of work in a graceful manner, or to be readily enlarged (based on Andr√© B. Bondi, ‘Characteristics of scalability and their impact on performance‘, Proceedings of the 2nd international workshop on Software and performance, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2000, ISBN 1-58113-195-X, pages 195 – 203)

If Web 2.0 is about interaction, participation, produce/consume… we will have to think about either handle growing amounts of work in a graceful manner, or to be readily enlarged. These issues are related to the impact of social performance, both on line and off line.