The social agent, part 5: Narrated Video

Two weeks ago, I published the first four parts (1, 2, 3, and 4) of The Social Agent, my addition to the Mozilla Concept Series focused on online identity. I provided both interaction mockups and written essays illustrating the thinking behind the designs. While this work invited some feedback, I fear that my essays suffered from the TL;DR syndrome. Consequently I decided to try one more medium to explain The Social Agent: narrated video.

There are six videos in the series; you can also watch the entire uncut screencast (parts 1-6) if you’ve got a half hour to spare. Here they are:

Introduction

Identity in the Browser

People, Apps & Pages

Share

Follow

Connect

I’d be eager to hear your feedback, here or by email. There is also a mailing list that Mozilla set up to capture feedback.

If these ideas interest you, I’d also recommend checking out the Account Manager and Contacts prototypes that Mike Hanson, Dan MillsRagavan Srinivasan and the Mozilla Labs team produced.

6 thoughts on “The social agent, part 5: Narrated Video”

  1. I felt the share video was great and it made me eager to play with the technology.

    However the follow video was long-winded and a bit of a buzz-kill. To be honest, I feel like it’s gone in one ear and right out the other, there was just nothing engaging about it.

    As for the connect video, I really like the idea of having that interaction with other sites. I like the idea that we can do Facebook connect with exposing a Facebook level of detail, that’s the exact reason why I’ll happily OAuth with Twitter but just won’t do Facebook. Obviously there’s more to see in regards to that.

  2. Excellent stuff. Something that has always bothered me is the conceptual difficulty of reconciling the Web’s two uses (content and applications) for one user agent (the browser). The browser was designed for “retrieving” rather than “doing”. I still can’t help thinking that the rational, usable solution would be to split these two fundamental verbs into two discrete software applications. But I see that content and applications have all converged messily on HTML (5) and there are clearly synergies, as these articles point out well. Anyway, just thinking aloud.

  3. It’s great to see that the browser makers are thinking along these lines.

    I see the ‘Connect’ part of this as the most important bit, and probably the one that offers the most bang for the buck. I would even go narrower and say that the authentication step — simply signing into a site — is something that would be very well served with some help from the user agent. This would go a long way toward both improving security and reducing the friction people feel as they attempt to juggle dozens of accounts and passwords.

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