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Developers Seek Social Networking in Developer Sites

Two-thirds of developers now want and expect social networking features to be included in developer relations websites, according to Evans Data’s new Developer Relations Survey. The survey of over 400 software developers also found that developer activity in social networks has increased by over 60 percent in the last two years, and that 74 percent visit social networks at least several times a week.

"Social networking transformed the landscape of the web and developers have embraced the paradigms that define a social network." said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. "We’ve seen the interest level in social features rise dramatically among software developers in the last two years, until now any vendor with a developer program had better be providing features to stimulate an active social community."

The survey also showed that the most important features that developers look for in social networks are related to active communication with peers such as blogs, chat, and an active community, while tagging, dashboards, and bookmarks are less important.

The Evans Data Developer Relations survey is conducted annually and covers a diverse set of subjects related to developer relations programs, including membership and pricing, tools and SDKs, distribution channels and stores, training and certification. Evans Data will be hosting the 8th annual Developer Relations Conference in Redwood City on 12-13 March.

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