Social networking sites are weird. All they do is host shared bits of data between groups of people they mislabel as “friends”. But why on earth do we store our private thoughts, pictures, and information on a central site that hands all this over to marketers and government agencies? For decades we’ve sent e-mail privately amongst ourselves, yet dress communication up slightly differently as a status update and some comments, and we uncritically hand everything over to Mark Zuckerberg.
It doesn’t have to be that way. We should all be doing direct person-to-person social networking. Your
toaster cable modem, wireless router, or smartphone is powerful enough to send and receive encrypted pictures, status updates, and comments to/from lists of people you control, then your browser can assemble your own “Top News” page from the bits of data. The data is independent of the presentation, so you could have some browser pages (call them “web apps”, but you don’t need a network connection) that show messages and responses, others that show a visual timeline, others that show all the links… The great thing about this is that if your computer crashes, your toaster cheap networked gizmo can just contact all your associates and reassemble the pictures, comments, messages you’ve shared with them.
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