Although many people are designing mobile products that are social in nature, few understand what that really means, how it works, or why it's important.
In this series for Creative Bloq, Chris Bank of UXPin (opens in new tab), the UX design app, discusses the importance of social design patterns and details examples from some of the hottest websites and web apps today.
You can see previous posts from UXPin here (opens in new tab). Meanwhile, for more examples of web design patterns (opens in new tab), download UXPin's free e-book, Web UI Design Patterns 2014 (opens in new tab) and their free Web UI kit (opens in new tab).
The user wants to track and keep up to date with activity on topics or themes, not just people.
Show recent activity that's relevant to the user within the app.
Following lets you select friends, channels or artists that you want to keep track of, and updates are shown in the user's newsfeed.
Whether they're your friends or not, you can gain access to a lot of varied content by 'following' the activities and recommendations of other users. So this pattern allows users to get involved without having to worry about how many of their actual friends are using the app.
Content shared with followers on sites like Google+ and Pinterest makes the content curation community possible and users can choose to follow topics, events, themes or even people to get fresh content built by and around the channel being followed.