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Presented by jsmarr
- oauth, microformats, openid
- privacy issues... portioning friends connections
- the problem: too hard to stay on top of what the people i know are doing online
- siloed data, social apps don't know who i know automatically, little control over who i can share data with, have to recreate friends on every site with social features
- "massively underdeployed social graphs"
- if friction is too high for super geeks, imagine the friction for regular folks! there's no flow...
- we lack a technical and user control model to make this happen
- the fallout: missing content from friends... (what about the overload?)... social apps desperate to get even PART of your social graph (re-implementing gmail scrapers, building facebook-only apps)... sometimes i'm too easy to find... especially by email address! (yikes!).... sometimes i'm too hard to find on sites (can't look up friends by other attributes besides email)
- the vision: "facebook-like" platform for the Open Web.
- friends list == people you know from any of the sites you use
- user ids == email/urls or other identifiers by which you know people
- social apps == running anywhere with the same richness (apps running in iDPs?)
- activity streams and profile badges exist in other social networks
- managing relationships across sites... fine grained control?
- try new services, meet someone new, social app developers outsource "who you know"
- allows for niche site development... hard to sustain without portable social graph
- the building blocks
- who am i? openid, rel-me
- identifiers: mailto link, url, account url, IM link, xri
- role: managing my set of identifiers (which identifiers to reveal to whom?; which identifiers can i be found at per app?)
- who are my friends? XFN, FOAF
- friends list == set of identifiers that I know; need portable list of these identifiers, often via authorized requests
- who do I know? gating with OAuth, 6A RUS
- how can i use my data? opensocial, foaf, xfn, vcard
- proposal: social sites should provide a persistent url to your friends list; url can contain OAuth token for private data... lists all identifiers you know... allows export via raw identifiers or hashed identifiers (what about writing to the list)
- allow sites to match known identifiers against the "people i know"
- find all people i already know on new site
- add new site as a source of friends list data (be able to subscribe to friends list so when new people sign up, you'll be notified)
- who am i? openid, rel-me
- clarity on roles and responsibilities
- user: manage your identifiers
- social apps: provide access to shareable friends list, let users control how they're findable, provide lookup for findable identifiers
- shouldn't leak any new information in this approach (i.e. foaf)
- built on existing tech: openid, oauth, xfn, microid, URIs
- bridges lookup by email address vs URL --> transitioning
- room for everyone to win
- social networks become more relevant as they extend their reach
- social apps are easier to build -- outsourcing the social graph (better friends list == more compelling app)
- users can find each other better, more efficiently share content
- next steps
- clarify/propose basic steps for interop
- get early adopters to implement it
- watch for early results (usage, privacy)
Demo of Online Identity Consolidator
- what's the business model? what's the economic incentive?