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Justin Kistner: Request for a decentralized social network

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Justin Kistner: Request for a decentralized social network

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

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