A Different Social Networking Paradigm

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had control of all your social networking information in one location? Forget about keeping track of how many social network sites you have signed up with. Stop trying to remember which friends are using which networking site. Ignore having to cross link and make duplicate uploads. Wouldn’t it be nice to just consolidate all the information you want to share into topics and groupings the way you want to present it and only have to maintain it in one place?

It could be a location on your own personal laptop or one location hosted by your favorite ISP. It would be your collection of information, relevant to you, organized according to your preferences. Everyone already does this with their belongings. Why should I have to place my things someplace outside of my control just to share them, when I can define a link to the definitive resource?

Having your belongings scattered about across many websites is cumbersome and difficult to maintain. It’s much easier to have it generally located in the same place. I have all my stuff where I want it, you have yours where you want it.

Now I can share some of my stuff. I share only what I want to. The rest is private. Essentially each individual defines links to the information they want to share with others. Each individual presents a point of view of who they are. Nothing new here, we all do this in real life already. But remember I’m talking about information on my laptop.

Next, friends share information with each other about where their stuff is accessible. It would be a portal to their information. Now friends can see the presentation of other friends. They can see each others point of view or perspective. Each persons collection of information is still controlled locally but accessible between each other.

There will likely be common interests between friends. They could start a topic of interest. A set of information of similar interest. Essentially it is a collection of links back to the original information. Friends discover there is information about others being shared. Those friends can establish a group. They share similar interests, similar topics of interest.

So now individuals share their point of view, create topics of interest which others can contribute to and they can create, join or leave groups. Others may discover topics of interest and subsequently join groups base on similar interest. This starts to sound more like a real social network which individuals create from their perspective all from there own location, not across many different web sites. There are no accounts, no sign-up, no limitation on how information should be place, categorized or presented.

The concept of groupings can then be extended collections of groups. These would be communities. Groups would join and leave communities. Individuals would come and go as desired from the groups. It is very dynamic. The thing that always remains is the presentation of an individuals point of view and all the corresponding information that belongs to it.

All the information comes from individuals just as all the information on the internet today is posted audio, video, photos, text, etc. It is shared and discovered across peers rather than on web sites much like P2P sharing, but sharing links rather than files. Information will be tagged in multiple ways depending on its context and meaning. Hierarchical referencing should make it possible to access information of interest from multiple different points of view rather than from one perspective. Redundancy of information with multiple links of access discoverable across a distributed network approaches the mechanism required for universal memory. There are multiple entry points and multiple pathways to get to any bit of information.

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