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What does it mean to be a social networking platform?

January 27th, 2011 by Graham Attwell
Like this comment by Ben Werdmuller von Elgg in an answer on Quora to the question ‘Will open-source Facebook alternative ‘Diaspora” take off in 2011?’ I am seeing social networking increasingly being embedded into all kinds of software for working and learning and for developing communities of practice and I especially like Buddypress. Yet there seems a paucity of innovation in what it means to be a social networking plaftform. However, it may be until we start seeing the results of these new platform substatiations, it will be difficult to move forward, given the monopoly of Facebook, which is driven by the desire to make as much money as possible
clipped from www.quora.com

think they missed a trick by clinging closely to the established model for social networking sites, rather than rethinking what sharing etc could be in a decentralized platform. They’re also in danger of tarnishing the whole decentralized social web movement by (at the time of writing, at least) failing to execute.

We’ll see. I have high hopes they’ll do awesome things, but the door is definitely wide open for someone else to come along and redefine what it means to be a social networking platform

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