The gate at the top of the stairs.

The complex where I live is a mix of apartment and townhouse-style condominiums, with a series of locked iron gates providing access to the latter. Though I myself live in the ground-level courtyard, there’s another level of townhomes directly above me, along with some nice greenery and even an impromptu vegetable garden or two. And to access this oasis of calm in the big city you must pass through a gate like the one seen above…

My me-too social object theory post.

Many thanks to James Whatley for sending this my way; he likely understands this much better than I do but I’m going to attempt my own description and cross my fingers that I get it somewhat right.

You might be interested in social object theory if (1) you’re building a social network, (2) you’re building a community within an existing network or (3) you’re trying to figure out what makes successful social networks tick. I’m posting this for that third reason…