Request for a decentralized social network

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A call to action for people to create the pieces required to convert the blogosphere into a social network.

A call to action for people to create the pieces required to convert the blogosphere into a social network.

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  • 1. Request for a decentralized social network Justin Kistner | metafluence.com
  • 2. I believe there are too many “social networks” out there that unnecessarily reproduce functions of the internet I believe these services exist today because they solve a few key hurdles for the mass user market I believe there are a few key trends and technologies that exist today that can move the social networking activity off of YASNs I believe social networking will be better for the people involved
  • 3. With an identity layer, the Blogosphere could be a decentralized social network
  • 4.
    • Y et
    • A nother
    • S ocial
    • N etwork
    • - danah boyd
  • 5. Complaints about YASNs
    • Too many passwords
    • Too many GUIs and options
    • Information rot
    • Information is not portable
    • Difficult to impossible to customize
    • Can’t use JavaScript or widgets
    • Errors and downtime
    • No customer service
    • Fear of losing your account
  • 6. Complaints about YASNs
    • Too many passwords
    • Too many GUIs and options
    • Information rot
    • Information is not portable
    • Difficult to impossible to customize
    • Can’t use JavaScript or widgets
    • Errors and downtime
    • No customer service
    • Fear of losing your account
  • 7. Masses still use YASNs because they’re easy
    • Sign-up to install
    • Form driven CMS
    • Friends
  • 8. Sites have popularity life span
  • 9. People hang with their friends
  • 10. People are tired of YASNs
    • Too many passwords
    • Too many GUIs and options
    • Information rot
    • Information is not portable
    • Difficult to impossible to customize
    • Can’t use JavaScript or widgets
    • Errors and downtime
    • No customer service
    • Fear of losing your account
  • 11. YASNs were training wheels for the Internet
  • 12. Missing Link
    • Identity that controls access privileges, also known as friends
      • Control privacy and communication
      • Single login
      • Single click registration (aka friend request)
  • 13. How it works
    • Users need a domain name, which also serves as their login (based on OpenID)
    • Users would have a blog with a friend manager plugin
    +
  • 14. Friend Manager Plugin
    • OpenID
    • XFN
    • Wordpress, Textpattern, MoveableType, and other CMS
  • 15. Potential Features
    • Message center
    • Friend activity feed
    • Public blacklist
    • Verification
    • Permission settings
  • 16. Potential Features
    • Message center
    • Friend activity feed
    • Public blacklist
    • Verification
    • Permission settings
  • 17. Killer Opportunities
    • Member directories
    • Updating nearly all plugins to have friend permissions
    • Integration with microblogging (Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce)
    • Hosting pre-installed “profiles”
  • 18. Killer Opportunities
    • Member directories
    • Updating nearly all plugins to have friend permissions
    • Integration with microblogging (Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce)
    • Hosting pre-installed “profiles”
  • 19. Benefits
    • Ownership
    • Free speech
    • Open development
    • Spam control
    • Distributed services
    • Cottage opportunities
  • 20. Thank you! tag: yasnet