12 responses to “Facebook as Personal Data Store”

  1. Katherine Warman Kern

    Joe, this is a great way to think about Facebook.

    Think about Facebook as a Social Network and it is very intimidating to compete with.

    Think of Facebook as the first Personal Data Store and the possibilities for improvement are infinite, inspiring confidence in developers to take them on.

    Synergistically, launching a new personal data store as a superior Facebook alternative to the consumer is a clear positioning.

    Finally, the new PDS player has the opportunity to capitalize on Facebook Connect to prove the benefit to consumers quickly and initiate momentum. (but better be ready with a way to fill the gap when Facebook leverages this dependency to sabotage success)

    We are working on community networks designed to give people a reason to share information, make sense of it and target it’s release.

    So we are interested in collaborating.
    Katherine Warman Kern

  2. Salman FF

    Great insights.
    What is the PDS niche? (ie The PDS concept is very general, so is there a more specific niche or niche application you are thinking of?)

  3. Paul Trevithick

    Joe, you led a session about the differences between Facebook and the ideal model of a PDS. I presume that there remain a few critical gaps between the two things. One that I’m wondering about lately is the consequence of facebook’s ability to revise their terms of service and privacy policies in arbitrary ways at any moment.

  4. Paul Trevithick

    Thank you for writing up those three gaps so clearly and carefully Joe!

    BTW, I think that a fourth is that Facebook while today allowing the user to export some of their own profile data, could in the future (e.g. if a serious competitor arose) decide to revoke that right.

  5. @NZN

    Thats an optimistic perspective. Yes, we have a backdrop in Facebook. But it is still an extension of the old centralized command-n-control model. How is that good news?

    The data construct that is “me” has not been altered. If I dare participate as “Me”, I am a data-slave on a unique work-release program where I get to go to other data-plantations to be harvested. Most of the data-slaves I know don’t even understand how that is happening.

    Sounds liberating. If making the corporate equation more powerful is our holy grail, then we are succeeding.

    If making Individuals more empowered,and inherently connected to a new kind of exchange ecosystem, then we have not even begun to make a dent.

    VRM is a systemic response to the Napster problem… that being that only 1/2 of every exchange is actually representedas an accountableentity.

    The legal framework of VRM changes the world, because the first relationshipit restructures is your participation at birth in civil society. The marketplace, in every context, happens next.

    I dont think there is any way to actually get there except by actually starting at the beginning.

    Until you own yourself, you are owned.

  6. GuruM

    Came to your blog after seeing your post on switchbook in 2008 on copy-pasting/importing rich text directly from urls into tiddlywiki: http://groups.google.com/group/tiddlywiki/browse_thread/thread/a419a95a02bbc03a/b7456eb8ae7b0275?lnk=gst&q=how+do+I+move+content+from+blog+to+wiki#b7456eb8ae7b0275.
    Are you by any chance still working on this functionality?

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