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6657Distributed Social Software

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  • Julian Bond
    Jun 2, 2004
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      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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