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presentation for wherecamp pdx on the citybot project which is a local area real time brokerage for bartering and trading things between ordinary folks

presentation for wherecamp pdx on the citybot project which is a local area real time brokerage for bartering and trading things between ordinary folks

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    Citybot Citybot Presentation Transcript

    • citybot.org
      • [email_address]
    • barter network
      • using twitter to build a ‘signalling network’
      • let people trade for things they want or have
      • let people see through walls
      • solve everyday problems for ordinary folks not just for geeks
    • citybot examples
      • #have extra carrots in my garden #free
      • #need volunteer help at a gallery now
      • #have bicycle for sale
      • #need pizza #organic now
    • what is twitter
      • popular - a critical mass of users
      • only single link networks! wtf?
      • no concept of groups
      • fails to follow the maxim 'the more similar to irc the more success'
      • owned by somebody; not federated
    • what is craigslist
      • true to its audience
      • minimalist
      • very very good; helped me find my dog for example; critical mass
      • slow turnaround
      • poor location features
    • citybot first steps
      • very early effort
      • just shows wants and haves
      • effectively adds ‘groups’ to twitter
      • maps peoples locations
    • citybot next?
      • lots of possible choices
      • active matchmaking is probably next
      • let people matchmake between other people
      • humans make better matchmakers than machines
      • hybrid approach; search and filter with some automated matchmaking
      • - trust filtering
    • citybot hopes
      • federated, open, free
      • support for privacy
      • promoted in some way
      • quietly enhances quality of life for folks
    • closing
      • at some level new ideas probably have to be heretical and transgressive
      • cash is expensive but has enforcability; what does it take to build alternative systems that have some of the same attributes as cash?
      • we’re pretty distant from the street today but a real economic collapse could happen. if you can’t feel it you can’t fix it?