Posts Tagged ‘network’

data decentralization

May 12, 2010

The gravity of Facebook has started to pull on all data on the web.  The opportunity of giving individuals the power to expand their social network to all places on the web is a good thing.  The question is: should one business be the monopoly provider of this utility?  Some young developers think their is a need for an alternative, a decentralized alternative, they have crowd sourced funding and are called Diaspora Project.

The team at RedWriteWeb have a great overview on them.  The most interesting thing they write about Diaspora is that they are using a wordpress like development stance, opensource on the one hand and a managed hosted service on the other, I’d call that a cloud service.  They point to no centralization but I have found that the wordpress.com service does exactly this.  They restrict the plugins and other functionality for security reasons.  I’d like to see us making this hosted or cloud service have the same standalone freedom as a self installed server has.  What technical implications that involves are not fully known but if the goal is to have data portability and interoperability of data at the individuals control then, we should aim for those same standards on the applications that enable that empowerment.

Social search Q&A

April 1, 2010

I picked up this article, The Tantalizing Promise of Social Search from a friend on Twitter.  The discovery of this webpage is a real life example of the future promise of social search as set out in the interview with Alexandra Samuel.  The interview discusses both the technical problems and the social problems to be tackled.  With the social ones predicted to be harder to solve than the technical ones.  Alexandra talks about the integration of search and social networks activity streams, in the context of friends or experts.  I think we are all ‘experts’ and the goal is alway to find the right context be that social or knowledge to provide information that solves our query.  Some times the friends in a social network will have the answers to help and be willing to share but at other times friends won’t know but it is highly probable a group of individuals in the world will have the answer.  I like to think of these as ‘friends you do not know about’, that is people who are really important to you but you have never met or have existing social ties with.  Finding this type of unknown friend is the problem we have been working on at mepath.