Scoble gets thrown off Facebook

picture of current version of Beatnik

Scoble, who became very famous for getting blogging started at Microsoft, got ejected from FaceBook for crawling his network of friends. This is the problem with closed social networks and data silos in general. He seems to think the solution is data portability. More than that: the solution is Open Social Networks. You should be able to use a simple web server and just link up to your friends friend of a friend (foaf) file, whichever service they are using be it their own machine located in their basement, a service provider, a government owned machine, ... . Just as I can link from this blog to any blog. This would allow people to own their piece of the network, like they can own their blogs.

This is what Beatnik, a friend of a friend browser, which I described in this email to the social network portability group, will make it easy for anyone to do.

Everyone is welcome to help on this open source project: artists, documenters, Swing experts, testers, RESTafarians, ...

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