Archives du Mois : novembre 2012

EdgeRank and Content Filtering

Facebook has gotten a lot of press recently over its « EdgeRank » feature. This is basically a filter that sits between you and your friends. Facebook decides what to allow through the filter so that you can see it.  Current estimates are that you only see about 15% of the posts made by your friends. How and why they do this are interesting topics. It seems mostly to be a way to get advertisers to pay more money to get in your face. There’s also a claim that seeing all posts and activities would quickly get tedious and therefore you should only be able to see stuff that’s « interesting ». Since Facebook knows you so well, they’re evidently able to decide without a doubt what you’ll find « interesting ». They don’t need to ask you. 

Regardless, wasn’t the point of « social networking » so that you could communicate with your friends? A service which claims to provide this, yet somewhat arbitrarily blocks communication between you and your friends would seem to be an anachronism. It kind of takes the « social » out of « social networking » if you’re just sending your posts into space and all your friends are prevented from seeing them.

In a world where you have lots of incoming information streams from lots of different sources, you really do need a way to « cut to the chase » and quickly locate information of relevance. This could be in the form of search tools and the ability to view specific streams from your catalogue – rather than the entire firehose.

Here on the free web, the concept of a communications service deciding what communications to allow is an alien and very strange concept.  We think this should be in your hands, under your control. Actually we think that all your online activities should be under your control – so you don’t appear in one of your friends’ pages pitching vacation packages and toiletries without your knowledge. 

Friendica lets you decide what and how much to see. We’ve got lots of different « search modes » on your stream to slice and dice the firehose any way you desire. Our next generation project (« Red ») adds an entirely new dimension to this – allowing you to « zoom in and zoom out » from your close friends to your most distant acquaintances dynamically.

Is the free web a good match for you? I can’t say. You could ask your friends, but chances are they won’t ever see the question.

 

Until next time, this is Commander Zot – saying over and out.

 

EdgeRank and Content Filtering

Facebook has gotten a lot of press recently over its « EdgeRank » feature. This is basically a filter that sits between you and your friends. Facebook decides what to allow through the filter so that you can see it.  Current estimates are that you only see about 15% of the posts made by your friends. How and why they do this are interesting topics. It seems mostly to be a way to get advertisers to pay more money to get in your face. There’s also a claim that seeing all posts and activities would quickly get tedious and therefore you should only be able to see stuff that’s « interesting ». Since Facebook knows you so well, they’re evidently able to decide without a doubt what you’ll find « interesting ». They don’t need to ask you. 

Regardless, wasn’t the point of « social networking » so that you could communicate with your friends? A service which claims to provide this, yet somewhat arbitrarily blocks communication between you and your friends would seem to be an anachronism. It kind of takes the « social » out of « social networking » if you’re just sending your posts into space and all your friends are prevented from seeing them.

In a world where you have lots of incoming information streams from lots of different sources, you really do need a way to « cut to the chase » and quickly locate information of relevance. This could be in the form of search tools and the ability to view specific streams from your catalogue – rather than the entire firehose.

Here on the free web, the concept of a communications service deciding what communications to allow is an alien and very strange concept.  We think this should be in your hands, under your control. Actually we think that all your online activities should be under your control – so you don’t appear in one of your friends’ pages pitching vacation packages and toiletries without your knowledge. 

Friendica lets you decide what and how much to see. We’ve got lots of different « search modes » on your stream to slice and dice the firehose any way you desire. Our next generation project (« Red ») adds an entirely new dimension to this – allowing you to « zoom in and zoom out » from your close friends to your most distant acquaintances dynamically.

Is the free web a good match for you? I can’t say. You could ask your friends, but chances are they won’t ever see the question.

 

Until next time, this is Commander Zot – saying over and out.

 

Mobility between sites

Friendica just received a nice new feature – the ability to take your account elsewhere (e.g. to another server) and keep all your friends. You’ve always been able to export your content, but until now we haven’t had a good import tool. It’s a hard problem. We still have some issues with importing the old posts and content, but keeping one’s friends is the most important thing that people said they wanted when they re-located to other servers.

There are some limitations – and this won’t federate easily to your Diaspora and StatusNet friends – as the underlying communications protocols currently have no corresponding « move existing friend » mechanisms. But assuming both sites have the same set of connectors available, all your other friends should come across fine – including those on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and email (besides those on Friendica). 

Note that we are building Red (our next generation communications network) from the ground up with location mobility.

A big thanks to Fabio Comuni for bringing this to Friendica. The most wonderful part of community developed open source software is that anybody can make a difference, and it only takes a few talented people to bring back online freedom and privacy to a world where it has been mostly lost.

Mobility between sites

Friendica just received a nice new feature – the ability to take your account elsewhere (e.g. to another server) and keep all your friends. You’ve always been able to export your content, but until now we haven’t had a good import tool. It’s a hard problem. We still have some issues with importing the old posts and content, but keeping one’s friends is the most important thing that people said they wanted when they re-located to other servers.

There are some limitations – and this won’t federate easily to your Diaspora and StatusNet friends – as the underlying communications protocols currently have no corresponding « move existing friend » mechanisms. But assuming both sites have the same set of connectors available, all your other friends should come across fine – including those on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and email (besides those on Friendica). 

Note that we are building Red (our next generation communications network) from the ground up with location mobility.

A big thanks to Fabio Comuni for bringing this to Friendica. The most wonderful part of community developed open source software is that anybody can make a difference, and it only takes a few talented people to bring back online freedom and privacy to a world where it has been mostly lost.

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