Social Networking

MOG: Another Step Forward in SocialMediaWare

Isn't it fun to come to somebody's house and scan their bookshelves or their CD collection to peer into their souls? It's like a holographic UPC code, the soul signature of a person expressed as an array of what interests them and what you share or don't share. If the library belongs to a potential love interest, you might raise your eyebrows at finding How to Turn Your Ex-Boyfriend into a Toad: And Other Spells for Love, Wealth, Beauty, and Revenge or The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers.
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User-Centric Identity coming soon to Drupal

When you log into a community site, say LinkedIn or Tribe - or any CivicActions site - you provide them with information about you which they now control. This is unfortunate because 1) if you want to log into another site, you have to enter similar information again (if you belong to more than one social networking site, you know what I mean!) and 2) if (say) your email address changes, you've got to go and change it at every place you gave it to, or else risk missing the messages that you signed up for (which is bad for both parties!). User-centric identity enables you to be the master of your online digital identity. Once you have that control, the tables turn and instead of giving other sites your data (which can rapidly become obsolete) you instead give them permission to access certain parts of your personally maintained data. As long as you give them access to e.g. your email address, any time that you change it (in just one place) all the sites that have "subscribed" to your email address will get updated. Further, as you build depth as (say) LinkedIn and later want to bring some of your "reputation" over to Tribe, it's as easy as giving them the right to view whatever portions of your "profile" you choose. And in case you're wondering, there are some simple procedures, a developing set of "identity rights agreements" (similar in concept to the Creative Commons copyrights) and some fancy mathematical proofs that enable you to protect your privacy and security while doing all this - far better than it is protected now by all those sites storing it "for you".
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Run Your Own SMS Voter Registration Campaign!

Mobile Voter has just launched TxtVoter. The new free system allows individuals and organizations to use texting (SMS) to conduct their own voter registration campaigns. Users can define their own text-in keywords, print out customized postcards, track respondents, and win prizes. For example using your phone, you can text "civicactions" (no quotes) to 75444 and register to vote! Sweet!
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Unconferences in the news

Kaliya Hamlin pointed me to this article about Mashup Camp (not to be confused with MashPit the Mashup hackathon that Chris Messina envisioned and has been involved with.) Mashup Camp is an unconference utilizing open space strategies like the law of two feet. Apparently unconferences are becoming so popular that "Doug Gold and David Berlind, the organizers of Mashup Camp, hope to turn unconferences into a business." Um... I guess. The business will be one the organizes unconferences. Seems a bit strange. I know it does take work to line up sponsors, locations, etc... But one of the things that really makes the unconferences i have been to so great is the "of the people, by the people, for the people" nature of them.
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Friendster Wins Social Network Patent

If you use MySpace, you probably aren't old enough to remember the rise of Friendster way back in 2003 as one of the first social networks. Well, it turns out the US Patent Office just awarded Friendster the patent on social networking. i.e. a “system, method, and apparatus for connecting users in an online computer system based on their relationships within social networks.� After burning through $15 million in venture capital and yet to make a profit (despite 9 or 10 million users) Friendster is still in the shadows of the $500 million dollar MySpace purchase.

IONS Shift in Action Conscious Community Launches 1.0

After nine months of development, The Institute of Noetic Sciences has launched "Shift in Action" 1.0, an already thriving online community of like-minded thresholders committed to personal, social and global transformation. The tireless and amazing CivicActions team engineered the site, with partner HoloCosmos providing architecture, visual design and online marketing. Stephen Dinan, the Institute's Director of Membership and Marketing, was the visionary client and head of a talented team there.
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Identity Open Space event in Vancouver

Kaliya Hamlin, a friend of mine from various converenences, is involved in the planning/convening of an open space conference in Vancouver about single sign on, identity related issues. What do I mean by that? Well, I think Kaliya can explain it better. I agree with her that it is important for folks from our sector (social source, progressive technology) to be in on these discussions. The identity layer will really propell our experience of the internet to the next level.

Echo Chamber Project's Collaborative Editing Demonstration at Vloggercon

Kent Bye just posted his vloggercon presentation which includes a demo of his extremely novel "EchoChamber Project" -- "an open source, investigative documentary about how the television news media became an uncritical echo chamber to the Executive Branch leading up to the war in Iraq..." Kent is developing a Drupal-based collaborative editing approach that will allow the greater community to share video resources and contribute their distinct voices and perspectives. With so many alternatives to state-run media, perhaps we'll see if Stephen Colbert is right when he stated at the recent White House Press Club Dinner: "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."
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Ever read the MySpace Terms?

A friend just pointed out the The MySpace Terms 6. Proprietary Rights in Content on MySpace.com. 6.1 By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content, messages, text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, profiles, works of authorship, or any other materials (collectively, "Content") on or through the Services, you hereby grant to MySpace.com, a non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense through unlimited levels of sublicensees) to use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, publicly display, store, reproduce, transmit, and distribute such Content on and through the Services.
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Grand Unified Theory of YouTube and MySpace

Slate outlines the textbook definition of Web 2.0 success. "YouTube claims 40 million plays a day, up from 35 million just a week ago. The Washington Post recently reported that MySpace pulls more monthly visitors than Amazon and is closing in on AOL and eBay." Why? Because both sites recognize that that by letting everyone contribute - and reaching critical mass - the real network effect has kicked in.
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