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Re: Federation protocols

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2013 17:26:43 +0200
Message-ID: <CAKaEYh+VYwPsT5XAU_+yJmsrfC2eOVSfmQdC2UF7pkJ712Yfww@mail.gmail.com>
To: Simon Tennant <simon@buddycloud.com>
Cc: "public-fedsocweb@w3.org" <public-fedsocweb@w3.org>
On 31 May 2013 17:11, Simon Tennant <simon@buddycloud.com> wrote:

> On 31 May 2013 16:52, Michał 'rysiek' Woźniak <rysiek@fwioo.pl> wrote:
>> > What do you think the reasons for Facebook's success were? Why did users
>> > leave Myspace for Facebook?
> There were Terms of Service changes that were definitely not to users'
>> liking,
>> which incidentally were similar to what Instagram did after being bought
>> by
>> Facebook. Of course that was a minor issue, but issue none the less (I
>> remember talking to my friends in ~2008 about it, and it was a factor in
>> their
>> decision to ditch MySpace).
> There's a huge friction to switching and you haven't identified what
> Facebook was doing differently to encourage users to move over. Why were
> early adopters joining before their friends were on Facebook?
> I'd argue that facebook was simple and easy to use and solved a problem
> that college students had very very well. And kept iterating. I'd also
> argue that their introduction of the App platform gave the product a second
> life and helped create an ecosystem of developers that wanted to build
> products for the end users.
> So what is the problem that open social networks will solve very very well?

Privacy is a key issue for surprisingly many people.  Bitcoin integration
is also something that FLOSS can do that commercial offerings will struggle

Bet let's not try and take on too much, too early.  Until we've mastered
profiles and friending (which we are still a long way from), it's perhaps
premature to try and pitch FSW as a 'facebook killer'.  Perhaps one day
tho, but for today we have real practical problems that need good or best
practices to help facilitate, imho.

> S.
> PS: I disagree on the super-federated diaspora-buddycloud-pump network
> being a silver bullet because I expect there's a 90% user overlap on each
> of them :)
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