6657Distributed Social Software
- Jun 2, 2004http://www.gradman.com/projects/dss/final_html/index.html
For many years email and usenet news constituted the majority of the
Internet's use as a tool to facilitate communication among individuals.
The last five years have given rise to a number of novel applications in
this domain--which has come to be known as ``social software.'' Notable
among these are instant messaging systems, weblogs, and services like
Friendster and Tribe which exploit the concept of ``six-degrees of
These services generally employ centralized client-server architectures.
These architectures are failing to adequately scale with the growing
user-base. These services do not rely on open protocols; the user-base
is fragmented among competing service providers. Users use numerous
service providers to get the features they want, but have no easy way to
maintain the consistency of their information on each.
This paper summarizes the ever changing state-of-the-art in social
software, and presents an alternative to this ``service-centric'' view
of social software. The novel user-centric distributed social software
model outlined in this paper overcomes many of the limitations of the
current model by drawing from ideas from the Semantic Web
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