I’m huge fan of WordPress both professionally and recreationally. It’s an amazing example of how successful open source can be. And I actually do make a living designing and developing sites on WordPress. Compared to a fully connected open source social network WordPress is probably very small and simple. I believe the next wave of web development could be everyone wanting their own social pod with the ease that they can currently have their own website today.
And for my own hobby and interests I can see my self tricking out my Diaspora pod in the same way I customize my blog with incredible ease today. If everyone’s island is eventually connected Facebook’s reach and importance is mitigated.
Also, one last point about having one’s own social pod. For a moment when they released Google+ I actually thought it was the beginning of the end for Facebook. If Facebook went the way of Myspace (and sometimes I expect it to do so) I still want my data. And I don’t just want a zip download, I want it to still be living/live data. If I were to use a pod to send and receive all my social signals I’m free to move around other networks. And if a big one fails I still retain what’s important to me from it. Diaspora seems like it’s a long way away from actually receiving the signals in a meaningful way but I know that’s what the goal is.
Net Neutrality is serious stuff. You’re absolutely right if we lose that fight all this other social friction talk will seem trivial by comparison. 4 weeks ago
tod nelson @Rhett C–ok, NOW I’m scared. Thanks for your link to savetheinternet.com. Signed, participated, donated. 4 weeks ago
Rhett C Oh and on a related topic. Does anyone else vie for net neutrality? That issue is much more worrying to me when compared to social sites and data collection.
If you really want to lose your sense of the untamed Internet, just wait until the ISPs start doing the content filtering based on profit motives. http://www.savetheinternet.com/ sign-up, participate, consider a donation 4 weeks ago
Rhett C Which part of Spotify forces Facebook, though? My login dialogs provide me with options to use either.
From Facebook’s policy We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people’s data in a way that it is no longer associated with you. Similarly, when we receive data about you from our advertising partners or customers, we keep the data for 180 days. After that, we combine the data with other people’s data in a way that it is no longer associated with you.
I think the policies speak for themselves. Note there is probably more third party Facebook policy terms, like those relating to law enforcment. for one thing.
There are configurable insta-site systems and then there are systems that need to be able to scale to support millions and millions of users. But like you said, it’s not a technical issue, it’s a social one. An aggregated patchwork quilt of services is not the same experience as having all of the users on the same service. So that would work well for some, like those that have Facebook accounts to indulge their friends and family, but I don’t see it as a viable replacement.
Without some sort of centralized data storage, how would we support the tracking of likes and comments? I think I’ve used social bookmarking since 2003. It’s a nice aggregator of the pages I want to share. I have convinced only a handful of my friends to check out the content I share and even fewer to create accounts of their own. Most users (on Facebook) want more features. Similarly, how many of us use Google Reader? I’ll be happy to follow you if you do.