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Re: [Social-discuss] Interoperability?

From: Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson
Subject: Re: [Social-discuss] Interoperability?
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 21:25:59 +0200

This is a good question.

Personally, I would rather see a bunch of protocols and some solid implementations, which is pretty much what you are talking about. But i am not a deeply private person.

Others put privacy first, and compatibility and interoperability second.  This is also a very valid point of view.

In the end it becomes a trade-off where the developers will be forced to choose between communication and privacy. Hopefully the choices will be niche ones, but at this point it's a bit hard to tell.

I'm not sure toward which side GNU Social is leaning at them moment - I think they are more privacy focused.  Either way, it is very worth discussing, and both avenues are worth exploring technically as well - let the users choose?

On Thu, May 27, 2010 at 9:02 PM, Matija Šuklje <address@hidden> wrote:

I know this is in a way another buzzword, but I've been wondering lately about
interoperability of diverse Free social networking systems.

Use case:

Alice is a user of an Appleseed instance;
Andrew is a user of an Appleseed instance;
Boris is a user of a BuddyPress instance;
Charlie is a user of a Crabgrass instance;
Diana is a user of a Diaspora instance;
Darwin is a user of a Diaspora instance;
Estefan is a user of an Elgg instace;
Gérémie is a user of a GNU Social/DaisyChain instance.

Can/will all these people communicate via their Free social networking
instances with others?

If we end up with a bunch of separate social networks and Alice can
communicate only with Andrew; Diana with Darwin; and all the rest are just
islands to themselves, we haven't solved anything really.

To some extent if we succeed only with intra-system, but not inter-system
interoperability, the situation wouldn't be much different then the status quo
in the long run, where Romeo is from Facebook and Juliet from MySpace, so to

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