[kwlug-disc] Quit Facebook Day..

Oksana Goertzen ogoertzen at gmail.com
Mon May 31 13:15:51 EDT 2010


I guess I made the assumption that an open source option would be
more careful with personal data.

I was wondering if anyone found a good alternative that they liked
that had better privacy policies.  I could then list on my Facebook
page.. follow me to ....  ;)



On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 1:12 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

> On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 12:59 PM, Oksana Goertzen <ogoertzen at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> So what are the alternatives to Facebook?
>> What do other people like? Anyone using an open source alternative?
>>
>
> First, here is the link to their site http://www.quitfacebookday.com/
>
> They mention alternatives, but not the ones that I list later.
>
> The problem is not an open source alternative or closed source.
> The issue is that they have your data, and not that they close their
> source. And they accumulate the data and use it in ways that are
> "too creative" to be comfort.
>
> The problem is where else are all your "friends" are?
>
> Facebook has been the only way that I reconnected with people from
> grade school (that is quite a few decades ago). So, it has the critical
> mass that keeps it going.
>
> Since you asked about alternatives, I will mention them here
>
> First, there is the Salmon Protocol which makes for unifying conversation
> on various sites/services.
> http://www.salmon-protocol.org/
> This means applications that support that protocol will be able to sync
> with each other no matter what these applications are.
>
> Then you have Appleseed, which is an Open Source Facebook wannabe
> http://opensource.appleseedproject.org/
>
> And then there is Diaspora, which is vaporware at this stage, though
> people gave them money to work on it.
>
> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/196017994/diaspora-the-personally-controlled-do-it-all-distr
> http://www.joindiaspora.com/
>
> Again, the issue is that of privacy, not of closed source, and that they
> have critical mass.
> --
> Khalid M. Baheyeldin
> 2bits.com, Inc.
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