Proper implementation of friend groups: Request for input

December 17th, 2007

In my quest to bring the features of Livejournal (and other proprietary social networks) to the open, public internet, I'm stuck on how to properly implements friend groups. Friend groups determine which users are allowed to see your more sensitive blog entries. I've pulled together a description of several alternative models, and I'd like some input.

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OpenID: A mechanism for locked blog posts? (Or: Free at last)

December 9th, 2007

People are getting pissed at SixApart for their stupid modifications to LiveJournal, apparently in the name of cracking down on child porn. (They're doing it wrong.) The problem is that people want to move away from LJ to a decentralized system (such as the way email and web hosting works), but blogging software does not yet generally support locked posts. (Locked posts are blog entries that only selected friends have permission to read.) I'm thinking that OpenID could help with this situation.

Sorry for the disjointed, skimpy post: I just want to get these ideas out there for discussion.

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Form overrides function: LJ mass deletion ’07

June 2nd, 2007

The events of the recent LiveJournal mass deletion highlight an oft-overlooked aspect of community-driven websites: Form overrides function.

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