User Style Zen: Balancing Standarization, Customization, and Accessibility

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More and more, social media sites are allowing users to customize and style their own profiles and pages. On one hand, this lets people show their individuality and make their mark on their content. On the other, it presents problems for developers who want to make these options available, but have to balance that with site security and usability.

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More and more, social media sites are allowing users to customize and style their own profiles and pages. On one hand, this lets people show their individuality and make their mark on their content. On the other, it presents problems for developers who want to make these options available, but have to balance that with site security and usability.

Some, like Facebook, choose to allow little to no customization, while others, like Tumblr, allow nearly limitless freedom. Most content management systems also ship with layout customization options to varying degrees. This talk will examine the pros and cons of various methods, and how we at Dreamwidth have tried to find that balance.

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Presenter, UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference, 2010

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