Wim Bouman

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In this article we seek to understand and clarify the contribution of the multifaceted concept of sociality towards the design of social software systems. Our premise is that it is not software as such that is social, but the free choice of people to engage in social activities. Paraphrasing Wenger (1998): sociality cannot be designed; it can only be(More)
In this paper we examine the controversies that arise when a museum engages in the project of developing a proprietary online community for its employees and the interested public. By developing this new online community and actively participating in it, the museum intends to transform itself from a hierarchical institution into an online and offline(More)
This paper outlines a research in progress set to study network effects in social media. The focus is on outlining the theoretical framework in which this study is embedded. The concepts of cumulative network effects and segmentive network effects are introduced to explain the processes by which social media can generate and maintain both a larger network(More)
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