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Re: R: OneSocialWeb Project Status

From: <@eschnou>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:30:46 -0700 (PDT)
To: onesocialweb@googlegroups.com
Cc: federated-social-web@googlegroups.com, W3C Federated Social Web Incubator <public-xg-federatedsocialweb@w3.org>
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Thank you Dan and Diana for your support since day one, and for all your 
efforts in maintaining and growing this project over the last year ! 
Onesocialweb was an awesome thing to build and I hope it helped a bit the 
#fsw community in sharing our vision of a user experience and technology 

The key thing we demonstrated is that a consistent user experience is 
possible, even across a federated environment. In onesocialweb, the user 
does never see or feel the edges of the federation, everything is happening 
in his client, in a consistent way. It does not matter if the users you are 
interacting with are 'local' or 'remote'. It does not matter what client and 
server are used on the other side. It just works. You are never forced to 
jump from one user experience to another as you hop from one node to the 

There are many other exciting initiatives in the XMPP Social world 
(buddycloud, jappix, process one,...), I remain convinced that XMPP can 
bring value to the #fsw (at least on the S2S federation side of things). 
Good luck to you all !


Laurent Eschenauer

On Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:22:15 PM UTC+2, Luca Faggioli (Openliven) 
> Hi Dan, 
> sorry to hear about that! 
> I still think that federated social networks is a great idea and I hope we 
> will hear of it more and more in the future. 
> Regarding OneSocialWeb in particular, I believe we are lacking users: it is 
> difficult not to admit that, after managing a OSW node for a year, having a 
> little more than 10 active users is not such a success! 
> Nevertheless, I will keep the node up and running still for a while and 
> let's see if any of us will come up with new ideas for developing the 
> project any further 
> Ciao 
> Luca 
> Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device from WIND 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: "Appelquist, Daniel, VF-Group" <Daniel.A...@vodafone.com> 
> Sender: federated-...@googlegroups.com 
> Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:11:35 
> To: W3C Federated Social Web Incubator<public-xg-fede...@w3.org> 
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> Cc: <federated-...@googlegroups.com>; <onesoc...@googlegroups.com> 
> Subject: OneSocialWeb Project Status 
> Hello Federated Social Web peeps - 
> I'm writing to let you all know what is happening with the OneSocialWeb 
> project. As many of you know, this project was originally conceived by 
> Laurent Eschenauer and Alard Weisscher in late 2009.  Along with Diana 
> Cheng 
> (and with some encouragement and cheerleading from myself and others in 
> Vodafone R&D) they built the project up as a prototype of what you could do 
> with XMPP in the federated social networking space. Unfortunately, due to 
> some circumstances out of all of our control, Laurent and Alard had to 
> leave 
> Vodafone. At that point, we took the decision to continue the project with 
> myself and Diana. During the past year we have kept the project going, 
> including adding some new features (e.g. commenting) and we've also seen 
> the 
> open source community around OneSocialWeb grow, with a few 
> community-developed clients (notably, the iPhone client).  We've also 
> learned a lot about the federated social networking space both through the 
> project and through participation in the burgeoning community. 
> However, we have limited resources, and we have now taken the decision to 
> concentrate what time we can spend on the federated social Web in the area 
> of protocols and standards. This means we will not be actively updating the 
> code base for OneSocialWeb (server or client), nor will we be adding 
> features. We will Continue to work on the protocol, and will support any 
> implementers (such as ProcessOne) and collaborate with them to improve it 
> and expand it.  Our intention is to contribute the work we have done on 
> extensions (e.g. Activity Streams over XMPP) into the relevant XMPP 
> technical committees. 
> Having said all that, all the code that has been produced is up there on 
> GitHub.  I know that several projects have used the code to develop their 
> own prototypes. It's our view that the OneSocialWeb open source community 
> has not grown to the point where it can become self-sustaining, but if 
> anyone would like to step forward to take ownership of the code-base we 
> would be more than happy to discuss this. 
> As we stated in the summit in Berlin, we are committed to making the FSW 
> a reality, and we (Diana and I) will continue actively participating in the 
> FSW incubator group and list and will con tribute to all the XMPP social 
> specs, and not only OSW. We will also like to be there to facilitate in any 
> way we can the work and activities of the FSW community. 
> Thanks, 
> Dan Appelquist 
> Vodafone Group R&D 
Received on Thursday, 23 June 2011 07:31:14 UTC

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