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Re: [Social-discuss] My Facebook Problem - And Yours

From: Stéphane Laborde
Subject: Re: [Social-discuss] My Facebook Problem - And Yours
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 11:56:01 +0200
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What about starting with a fork ?

Le 24/04/2010 23:26, Story Henry a écrit :
On 24 Apr 2010, at 21:54, Henry Litwhiler wrote:

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On 04/24/2010 01:23 PM, Story Henry wrote:
A good article, on the problem with centralised social networks.


Nice article, indeed.

One thing that is important for us to take from this article is the bit
on verification and organization. We want to avoid creating a
MySpace-like network where everything is chaotic and disorganized, and
ascertaining the validity of any user's identity is rather difficult.
Yes, this is very good point. The best way to achieve this, in my opinions is
again to think of Linked Data. The HTML front end can be human readable, and
as such everyone can have their own visual persona on the web, which could be
somewhat awkward in some circumstances as people move from one web page to the
other. The MySpace effect.

But that is not at all incompatible with the possibility of everyone having 
own client that gives a harmonious view over the subset of LinkedData that 
them. This is what the Address Book I wrote a few years ago does for foaf.

A lot of work can be done on that still. I did not pursue it because at the time
I felt that foaf+ssl was even more important to overcome the biggest resistance 
to it.


Even as we move towards a decentralized social networking model, we must
keep in mind users' desires to keep their contacts organized, and to be
able to verify the identity of their contacts. I think that it might be
a good idea to look into creating a sort of web of trust scheme to keep
contacts verified and organized.

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Henry L.

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