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February 28, 2012

As a bit of an experiment, and after having set up a Twitter feed for Cockos, I'm probably going to start posting more random things (that I wouldn't bother updating this blog for) to twitter.com/lejustinfrankel... All that I have so far is a link to a mp3 I made today. Maybe I'll complain about [insert random API here] from time to time, too. The big meaty stuff will go here, still, though. For example, a discussion I've had with a friend:

Someone really needs to make an open system (think web, or email) for social (or anti-social) content publishing. Imagine a world where all of the content of each user on Facebook can be hosted and delivered by the provider of your choice (or yourself), and where the privacy controls and failures are not controlled by one monolithic company.. *cough* hurry up people *cough*.. The hard part, of course, would be getting such a thing to the size where it is useful, but there should be enough people out there interested. Speaking of which, this Onion video is absolutely brilliant:


staring makes things disappear

Posted by Ben Clark on Wed 29 Feb 2012 at 04:46 from 76.115.148.x
check out diaspora. its an open social or anti-social network that you can host your self or wherever you want.

Posted by Justin on Wed 29 Feb 2012 at 15:03 from 208.105.86.x
I remember seeing that -- is the underlying protocol for it defined online somewhere? To me, that definition needs to be as simple and powerful as possible (i.e. like HTTP); you shouldn't have to run their server, it should be easy for someone to spend a weekend and build their own (at least to implement the subset that is meaningful to them)...

Posted by AnalSeducer on Wed 29 Feb 2012 at 19:01 from 76.103.105.x
That would be cool if something like that was accessible and easy to use. I never used FB etc because I wanted control of my data 24/7.

If I'm having a good time and I post something stupid. I want to be able to take things down and get rid of it.

Twitter is different for me. I can be whoever I want, they don't take your account away because you use an Alias etc. The roots come from IRC, in someways anyway.

Posted by Felipe on Sun 04 Mar 2012 at 10:33 from 67.169.181.x
Isn't this system the web? Which URL shorteners and facebook and twitter are trying to kill? Where you own your domain and can move it anywhere, and you host your content by yourself or pay for a host and you're free to move it to other provider and the whole world can still hit it through the same domain.
The system doesn't need to be created, it exists.. it's just begging to be saved

Posted by Justin on Mon 05 Mar 2012 at 17:50 from 208.105.86.x
The web doesn't have aggregation, push, or a standardized way of managing permissions and identity.

Posted by Chris on Thu 08 Mar 2012 at 12:40 from 60.241.63.x
> The web doesn't have aggregation, push, or a standardized way of managing permissions and identity.

So we need the web plus pub sub hubub, an easy use site plus an easy setup self hosted server option.

Posted by Lerian on Mon 09 Jul 2012 at 06:17 from 89.35.166.x
You're right.. but who (how many people) cares about this? I see less and less people willing to customize their experience, and more and more people who dive into any kind of interface/functionality (no matter how limited/stupid it is), just because everybody else is doing it.

On the other hand, the politics behind the largest social networks are as described in the onion video and they invest huge amounts of money in marketing to spread their influence. Also I don't know what are the facts behind the suicide of the diaspora founder but it gave me some big chills when i found about it.

So i think one of the problem is that there isn't a real competition out there. Having a bunch of wallstreet investors on their side, they can make any stupid idea into a "success" these days. Let's not forget the stealing of ideas (speaking of which > hackerrank.com), the bringing down startups techniques, and so on. Also, i think is something fishy with all those "incubators". Keeping users stupid is another aspect i've noticed in the mainstream products.

The internet is not what it used to be.. partly because it's users are not who they used to be. Most of the kids nowadays just don't go beyond google's 1st page, their twitter feed or their facebook wall. To them, this is (almost) all the internet.

I might be a bit paranoid, but as a guy who wants to start a social website i have to pay attention and take into account all the aspects that i can see. If i'm wrong please tell me, because it's very demotivating and kinda depressing to see things this way.

Posted by Found it on Sun 26 Aug 2012 at 15:08 from 62.42.147.x
Not a software but a subplatform. Deep Web. Maybe you know it, but if you don't, you have to.

Posted by Sascha on Sun 07 Oct 2012 at 09:11 from 93.216.192.x
Have you heard about friendica.com?

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