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The Future of Social Networking: A Video Gaming Analogy

In a recent post I talked about what I perceive to be the technical future of social networking. Coincidentally, around the same time as my post, a news storm began surrounding a new programming project called Diaspora, where four guys from NYU have been able to raise ~$20K to fund a, “code sprint,” this summer to build what they call a distributed social network. It is in fact almost exactly what I called for in my own blog post, it is what others have been predicting besides myself, and I think based on the fact that they raised the money in less than two weeks, everyone in the social tech scene seems very happy to at least give these guys a shot.

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Social Networks, Raise Your Standards!

I am getting more and more cautious about my use of Facebook, not because I don’t appreciate the service it provides, but because of its more and more slippery stance regarding privacy. What was once held sacred behind the locked doors of, “friending,” is becoming more and more open. Pictures, interests, work and education history, all of them are becoming forcibly unlocked slowly by slowly. For me, it’s not even that the Facebook company promotes openness with one’s information or operates on the philosophy that if you have nothing to hide, why not share? Instead, what angers me more is that there is no option to lock yourself down. Give people the opportunity to be forthwith, but also give people the opportunity to be private.

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