People, Profiles & Trust: The Book Is Out!

posted by alex and eric

We’re glad to announce that our book, People, Profiles & Trust: On trust in web-mediated social spaces, is now available! You can download it for free as a pdf, read it online or order the paperback version directly from Amazon ($14.95). Here’s the book in widget form so that you can have a look:

January 10th, 2009

Why Trustmojo?

posted by alex

We’ve had some questions about the name “Trustmojo” so I thought the Oxford American Dictionaries might help shed some light on our choice.

Trustfirm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something /…/ acceptance of the truth of a statement without evidence or investigation
Mojoa magic charm, talisman, or spell

Muddywaters-1I’ve got my mojo working but it just don’t work on you” / Muddy Waters, 1960 Even though I have objections to the definition of trust (especially “firm belief” as I think it trust can be loose) I think the definition of mojo works well. Trust is intangible, fuzzy, often implicit and generally hard to grasp or explicate adding an almost magic-like quality to it. Thus Trustmojo is about the “magic” of trust and in a sense, an attempt to demystify the aura surrounding it.

Trustmojo is launched!

posted by alex and eric

This site is now in action, ready get filled with lots of discussions and reflections! We’re all loaded up with feeds, tags, geoplazers, (thanks Plazes!) and a brand new camera (with WiFi!).

The main part of the site is obviously this stuff right here – i.e. the blog – but we’ve also put up a wiki to keep together all the “work in progress”. It’s still a bit messy but feel free to jump right in and start contributing!

We’re always hungry for feedback and ideas on trust. If you know good books, relevant papers, people, events or places we should visit – please do drop us a line. We hope that our thesis papers can indeed become “places where people hang out“, so don’t hesitate to contribute.

Here in sunny/foggy San Francisco (it’s quite a schizophrenic climate here, isn’t it?) there seems to be a constant stream of nice stuff going on, and we’re really looking forward to dive right in. Anyway, trustmojo is online and we have a two intensive months coming up!

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