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Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Diaspora -- a mutualized facebook?

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At the beginning of the summer, some college students declared that they were going to produce a free, decentralized (i.e. federated) application to compete with Facebook. They requested donations through Kickstarter, and got everything that they wanted almost instantly. There is apparently a lot of interest in a project like this.

In the end, I hope that projects like this, Google Wave, OneSocialWeb, and AppleSeed will be able to convert modern social networking systems into a decentralized, user-controlled system similar to email but much more powerful (at least, email is self-controlled by anyone who controls a server and domain name).

I think that this is one of the most exciting examples of the mutualist ethic (as I understand it) in the society at large. Communication is fundamental to everything that we do, and a flexible user-controlled instant communication system could provide the foundation for other mutualist reforms, such as decentralised currency systems like BitCoin or RipplePay.

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