The decline of P2P and Decentralisation
- Whatever happened to P2P and Decentralisation as a design pattern?
Wordpress and Movable type became Myspace and Facebook.
RSS became Google Reader
Distributed email servers and desktop clients have become Google Mail
Posting a Quicktime file on your site has become YouTube
Running your own shoutcast server has become Last.FM tag radio
IRC has become Twitter
This post was prompted by Twitter and Twitter's success. If you were
going to design this from scratch knowing what they know now, would you
really use a pull architecture, centralised web system and Ruby on
Did we all forget about Decentralisation or has the pendulum just swung
out to the opposite end and is due to swing back any time now?
ps. I know those questions are strawmen and the truth is that (almost)
everything that has ever happened is still happening.
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*** Just Say No To DRM ***
- The two places where we can promote P2P as a design pattern right now
is in the WHAT-WG of the W3C and the IETF. The WHAT-WG is the working
group responsible for defining the HTML5 standard.
Just last week I posted the following idea to the group's list and I'm
trying to recruit people that can help us explore this idea:
Keep in mind that for some reason my mail-agent and my friend's mail
agent broke the thread and it is separated into more than one thread
at the moment.
Gleicon has a few ideas for implementing this and I've gotten some
tips from others like Todd over at HighScalability.
If anyone on this list wants to participate or can indicate others to
participate, that would be awesome. Right now I'm trying to call the
attention of those with the technical knowledge necessary to take this
forward. I'm a product manager with the skills to help organize this
idea, but I don't know enough to make this happen alone.
andrew at deandrade dot com dot br