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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.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?