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Re: [Social-discuss] Adoption dynamics (and why your intuition fails)

From: Melvin Carvalho
Subject: Re: [Social-discuss] Adoption dynamics (and why your intuition fails)
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 00:20:23 +0200

2010/6/7 Rob Myers <address@hidden>
On Sun, 06 Jun 2010 19:57:57 -0700, Jason Self <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Being decentralized and caring about your data and privacy is *not
>> enough on
>> it's own*. You won't just magically switch thereto.
> I am, and for those reasons.

This is a GNU software project, so its reason for being is the freedom of
its users.

That's enough reason for us to make it, and it will be enough for people
who care about their freedom to use software to adopt it.

Facebook is educating people about the problems that centralized Web 2.0
services have for data ownership, privacy and control, and this is being
covered by the mass media and mainstream press. Many people do see this as
a problem, and they are looking for a solution.

I'm not the biggest fan of facebook, but perhaps not 100% fair to call them completely centralized (though I absolutely agree centralization can and does cause problems). 

But credit where credit is due, the opengraphprotocol which they introduced this year at f8, is probably the leading decentralized system out there, and by some distance imho.

- Rob.

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