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Forum Post: Occupy developing its own social media-- support growing

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 29, 2011, 1:53 p.m. EST by Doc4the99 (591) from Washington, DC
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“I don’t want to say we’re making our own Facebook. But, we’re making our own Facebook,” said Ed Knutson, a web and mobile app developer who joined a team of activist-geeks redesigning social networking for the era of global protest.

They hope the technology they are developing can go well beyond Occupy Wall Street to help establish more distributed social networks, better online business collaboration and perhaps even add to the long-dreamed-of semantic web — an internet made not of messy text, but one unified by underlying meta-data that computers can easily parse.

This is an interesting approach. Some would say that this is something that is best left to a big company but let’s remember that underlying the huge Facebook operation is a MySQL database which makes many cringe. While that has nothing to do with privacy it does have much to do with reliability and whether it holds up or not is not something people like the Occupy movement is apparently willing to trust.



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[-] 1 points by necropaulis (491) 12 years ago

So OWS is doing what Facebook did after Myspace ripped off classmates.com, who got the idea from sixdegrees, when they thought to combine the actions of AOL's IM and ICQ, who ripped off CUSeeMe, which was a derrivation of Quantum Link, who got that idea from Project Athena or CB Simulator, who stole the idea from Compatible Time-Sharing System and Multiplexed Information and Computing Service. These guys ripped off the mail system, and telegraphing. Which by the way none of this would have started if we never learned how to write.

[-] 1 points by OccupyLink (529) 12 years ago

Interesting. I thought you were trolling in other posts you did. This one makes sense.

[-] 0 points by necropaulis (491) 12 years ago

I don't troll. Sometimes I'll throw out randomness. Sometimes I have a genuine question/ problem with something I read. A lot of people are misinformed, while others are quite informed. I'm just curious as to who is who.

[-] 1 points by OccupyLink (529) 12 years ago

Thanks for explaining things. It is important to explore other avenues of thought. You are quite correct. I am sorry for using the word troll and you in the same sentence. :)

[-] 0 points by bereal (235) 12 years ago

I can't wait! After all, they did such a great job with this site.