Synchronous Social

Synchronous Social is one of the most significant trends on the web.

Some of the text of this page is an edited summary from this post on Tumblr by Soundboy, which also offers some statistics.

The Social Web Synchronous
Same time, same place, same attention. Meals, concerts, playing games or sports, surgery, sex, demonstrations, chat over a glass of wine or beer: there are many occasions in real life that require synchronization.

Thanks to the growth of the Web many opportunities to work without synchronization are available, but thanks to new technologies and networks, there are many opportunities to connect users to synchronize events in engaging and unique ways with people from all around the world, that would not be possible in normal life.

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There are several examples of quasi-synchronous or synchronous applications on the Web. IM, instant messaging, Skype and similar applications. Telesurgery also falls into this category. Turntable.fm And certainly, that allows remote disk sharing with friends wherever you are in the United States.

Number of participants synchronous

Synchronous Massively multiplayer games and virtual worlds and virtual spaces are interesting examples of synchronous social, but there are also other simultaneous media consumption websites and applications, such as 4chan .

Behavioral Risks with Synchronous Social

On some synchronous social applications users can cha, text or video chat. Chatroulette.com raised the threshold of what is acceptable as a basic behavior and was a great early demonstration of the power of synchronous social. The risk that became apparent and perhaps ultimately led to the trending down of Chatroulette.com was that many users would end up seeing other people naked on the site, but many think it is an issue inherent with social technologies involving live video chat.

Identity and Privacy Issues

There is a lot of discussion about if people should be required to use their real idnetities to access these synchronous social applications to reduce some of the previously mentioned behavioral risks, with the logic being that if people know the true identify of someone they're more likely to behave well. There are many others who believe that the ability to anonymously access these applications is crucial to allow people to freely express themselves and creativity without fear of personal judgement or accountability.

Examples

Examples of Synchronous Social are: