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PeopleAggregator - An Open Source Social Network

timothy posted about 10 years ago | from the eye-keeeees-you dept.

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prostoalex writes "When Orkut, LinkedIn, Friendster, Zaibatsu and Tribe.net just don't cut it, meet PeopleAggregator, an open-source, PHP-written, FOAF-based social network. There's the site and there's the source in case you decide to launch your own. I found out about PeopleAggregator reading this interview with Mark Canter on Read/Write Web today." I wish such sites would provide profile-conversion tools to encourage jumping ship from one to another.

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Wow (5, Funny)

panxerox (575545) | about 10 years ago | (#8720906)

Another (better?) method to avoid coming in physical contact with other people.

Re:Wow (2, Funny)

boarder8925 (714555) | about 10 years ago | (#8720935)

Another (better?) method to avoid coming in physical contact with other people.
AIM, Slashdot, and phpBB just were't enough.

Re:Wow (2, Interesting)

Canberra Bob (763479) | about 10 years ago | (#8721028)

At least with an open-source community, we will not have our socieities social structures dictated by large corporations. Face it, using the internet as our primary means of communicating is inevitable. We should at least try to keep control of our communication rather than pass control over to some corporation who treats their bottom line as more important than society as a whole.

Yes making funny comments on /. (5, Funny)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about 10 years ago | (#8721210)

Sad bastards who get marked funny on slashdot are well known to have no contact with people let alone physical contact with either sex.

Thank god I am not one of those.

Re:Yes making funny comments on /. (4, Funny)

DarkHelmet (120004) | about 10 years ago | (#8721276)

I'd flag you troll, or informative, or insightful, or flamebait, or anything else that's not funny out of pity, but they took my mod points away when I started pretending that I had a life.

I was only kidding... Stupid mods. I have no life! Come on guys!

fp network (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8720909)

oh yea

Looks like (5, Funny)

xSquaredAdmin (725927) | about 10 years ago | (#8720920)

it aggregated too many people.

Re:Looks like (5, Funny)

frenetic3 (166950) | about 10 years ago | (#8721012)

Looks like a sausagefest too. Marc? Ben? Roland? Sean?

I need Charlenes here people. Claires. Colettes. Tortured twentysomething souls who lean forward in sleazy web cam shots just to show a little cleavage.

Work with me here! :)

-fren

MOD PARENT INSIGHTFUL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721057)

No, seriously. Any way to turn off display of males?

Re:MOD PARENT INSIGHTFUL (3, Funny)

Lord of Ironhand (456015) | about 10 years ago | (#8721152)

Any way to turn off display of males?

apt-get remove mutt

Ehrm...

Re:MOD PARENT INSIGHTFUL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721211)

How about I:

apt-get remove YOUR-FREAKING-HEAD

Re:Looks like (2, Interesting)

pollock (453937) | about 10 years ago | (#8721158)

I need Charlenes here people. Claires. Colettes. Tortured twentysomething souls who lean forward in sleazy web cam shots just to show a little cleavage.

I think you're looking for Orkut [orkut.com] .

Future ideas (4, Insightful)

Trejkaz (615352) | about 10 years ago | (#8721164)

So true. And whereas this was an obvious Slashdot Effect joke, there is some insight hidden behind the idea.

Obviously the concept of a social network site where the entire network has to register with one site is going to be doomed to failure in the end.

The first problem is that in order to build a social network big enough to fit everyone interested in being registered on the network, you need a cluster big enough to store every user on the Internet. By my guess, Orkut is the only one with access to this kind of cluster size, because it is hosted by Google.

The second problem is that as soon as you have two social network sites, you have a problem where someone wants to be on both sites. Then you add a third site and you have a problem where that person wants to be on three sites. How many social network sites are there now?

This is the same problem we already see with instant messaging, and is why the newer, more sophisticated IM systems such as Jabber allow the servers to intercommunicate. You can be on whatever server you want, and have contacts on your list who are on whatever server they want.

So here is my idea: distribute the social networks. A user joins the server they want, is allocated a user id which is user@domain.com, analogous to a Jabber ID, and they can add people to their network who exist on other servers.

Communities would work similarly with community@communities.domain.com, people join a community by registering their user ID on the server which hosts the community. For instance, the Slashdot community might be slashdot@communities.slashdot.org.

Now, if all these communities can export FOAF and RDF and agree on how to do any other kind of data manipulation, any program can easily merge cross-site data together to form larger networks if they need, and the work won't have to be done by a single server, it can be done on the client at the user's leisure.

And more importantly, the solution will actually scale.

Who's with me?

Re:Future ideas (3, Insightful)

frenetic3 (166950) | about 10 years ago | (#8721215)

a friendster or orkut would have no incentive to do this.

their critical mass of millions of members is their biggest asset (and the thing that is hard to acquire -- the tech part is relatively easy; witness all the knockoffs); opening it up to all other comers (i.e. their competitors) would be foolish, just as it would be foolish for AOL/AIM to open up their user base to MSN, their biggest competitor (unless both user bases were equally sized, in which case they would both benefit equally, or the smaller network paid the larger one for access.)

-fren

*cough* (4, Insightful)

DarkHelmet (120004) | about 10 years ago | (#8720922)

Slashster [sourceforge.net]

Slashster is an Open Source PHP / Mysql based FOAF.

Congrats to PeopleAggregator for making Slashdot though. Dunno why my site didn't make front page... Heh.

Re:*cough* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8720956)

The pictures of someone (who is presumably the parent poster) actually scared me off. No, seriously. This is not a joke. I don't want to be a part of a hippy social network (although perhaps an Open Source network must, in the end, attract hippies?).

Re:*cough* (1, Flamebait)

DarkHelmet (120004) | about 10 years ago | (#8721127)

Geez, I hope you don't go on chat clients, or dating sites because of the "hot women" you see advertising it. Because if you do, that makes you a sucker to advertising.

Since this is Open Source, very little money goes into the site, so you're stuck with my ugly mug.

If I ever make decent money from this, I'll get a model to pose on the front page... Just for you!

Re:*cough* (-1)

ShockerFan (741511) | about 10 years ago | (#8720959)

Dunno why my site didn't make front page

Probably because it's gay and because it's a straight (not as in hetero) ripoff of an existing product.

My schwartz is definitely bigger than yours, by the way.

Re:*cough* (1)

Rick and Roll (672077) | about 10 years ago | (#8720982)

No Kidding. I saw this about a month ago. That is a pretty cool project. And I could have sworn that I got the link to it from your .sig...and on an investigation of your posting history, I realized that I in fact have. I guess you decided not to have your .sig this type, because it would be redundant, because of your message.

Unfortunately, I do not have that many geek friends (or friends at all, really *sigh*), just a few. If I did, I might check it out.

Re:*cough* (1)

Rick and Roll (672077) | about 10 years ago | (#8720997)

Oops, I forgot. Slashdot doesn't show .sigs when you click Reply. Which makes it really hard to reply to .sigs (I've been guilty of that once or twice).

with regards to YOUR sig... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721041)

Ha! Got you.

YOU == DARKHELMET (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721059)

Folks, this is the most egregious example TO DATE of a slashdotter logging out and logging in under another one of his VERY GAY uid's and posting favorable replies to earn mod points for his other uid.

Please drop the ruse and log in as GAYHELMET again.

Re:YOU == DARKHELMET (-1, Troll)

DarkHelmet (120004) | about 10 years ago | (#8721088)

Please drop the ruse and log in as GAYHELMET again.

Nope, that wasn't me. My nicknames include GNAA in them. :P

Hmm, I wonder if GNAAHelmet is registered...

Re:YOU == DARKHELMET (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721104)

I bet he gives great helmet

Re:*cough* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721005)

What the fuck is a FOAF?

And further... who the hell wants a social networking site/software? Are we all fuckign 12 year old girls now?

PeopleAggregator? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8720923)


Is it just me, or does the OSS communitity have more trouble naming things the other industries? Seriously. -5 troll anyway.

What's the point ? (2, Informative)

Sonic McTails (700139) | about 10 years ago | (#8720924)

Even though opensource is a good thing, why make it so anyone can install it. If it's not certizilied, it's not going to make many hits or matchs. If it was two people like over /. or a message board, that would be different because you aren't looking for a stranger.

Re:What's the point ? (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | about 10 years ago | (#8721016)

certizilied, adj. sert-ih-ZIHL-eed

Difficult to install and use for the purpose of maintaining screening users by intimidating new users ("n00bs"). See: DEBIAN.

DISCLAIMER: the above comment is a joke. If you do not have a sense of humor, chances are you are currently furrowing your brow in a vain attempt to understand why this is not a direct insult to your beloved distro.

the wonders of PHP: (3, Funny)

rokzy (687636) | about 10 years ago | (#8720925)

Warning: mysql_pconnect(): Too many connections in /usr/web/peopleaggregator/env_production/lib/adodb /drivers/adodb-mysql.inc.php on line 251

Warning: mysql_pconnect(): Too many connections in /usr/web/peopleaggregator/env_production/lib/adodb /drivers/adodb-mysql.inc.php on line 251

Session: connection failed

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at /usr/web/peopleaggregator/env_production/lib/adodb /drivers/adodb-mysql.inc.php:251) in /usr/web/peopleaggregator/env_production/lib/main. php on line 36

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at /usr/web/peopleaggregator/env_production/lib/adodb /drivers/adodb-mysql.inc.php:251) in /usr/web/peopleaggregator/env_production/lib/main. php on line 36

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /usr/web/peopleaggregator/env_production/lib/adodb /drivers/adodb-mysql.inc.php:251) in /usr/web/peopleaggregator/env_production/lib/main. php on line 37

Re:the wonders of PHP: (3, Insightful)

justMichael (606509) | about 10 years ago | (#8720980)

That has nothing to do with PHP.

That comes from an incompetent server admin.

Rule #1 for production PHP:
php.ini -> display_errors = Off

Re:the wonders of PHP: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721008)

Yeah, but if it was IIS running SQL server set up by an idiot admin....

Re:the wonders of PHP: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8720993)

There's a link to the source code, download it, compile it and run locally on 127.0.01, damn it.

Re:the wonders of PHP: (1)

Eberlin (570874) | about 10 years ago | (#8721036)

The wonder here that I'm most interested about is that it uses adodb-mysql instead of PEAR. What's the ratio of ADODB vs PEAR use? Which one's better? They sure make it sound like PEAR is more "official" but I've gotten used to using ADODB, personally.

This passes for news? (-1, Offtopic)

MikeXpop (614167) | about 10 years ago | (#8720927)

Okay... So this is yet another social network. Except it open sourced. Hell, the blurb tells you how many social networks there already are. Why does this pass as news?

Re:This passes for news? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8720957)

cuz taco is too busy sitting on his jubei joystick to really give a crap about slashdot anymore.

Re:This passes for news? (5, Funny)

pavon (30274) | about 10 years ago | (#8720981)

Okay... So this is yet another social network. Except it open sourced. Hell, the blurb tells you how many social networks there already are. Why does this pass as news?

Because, since the source is open, we geeks can modify it work in ways the original author never dreamed. Like implementing a social network of one, or creating a network of AI friends. It would also be perfect for modeling the intricate relationships of the cast of ST:TNG. The possibilities are endless!

Could you do any of that with your proprietary invitation only network? I didn't think so.

open source (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8720928)

So it's open source. That's great. It's not inherently better.

so what? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8720930)

another social network? bfd..Social networks are old news.

the real question is...does it run linux?

Re:so what? (-1, Offtopic)

Frnknstn (663642) | about 10 years ago | (#8720961)

Yeah... and imagine a beowulf cluster of these...

Re:so what? (0, Offtopic)

xSquaredAdmin (725927) | about 10 years ago | (#8720976)

>Yeah... and imagine a beowulf cluster of these... Last time I checked, a large gathering of people was called a party...

Re:so what? (1, Funny)

xSquaredAdmin (725927) | about 10 years ago | (#8721009)

Whoops. Forgot my HTML tags.

Yeah... and imagine a beowulf cluster of these...

Last time I checked, a large gathering of people was called a party...

Screw the mods (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721080)

I thought it was funny. Since Funny doesn't get you karma, please accept this +5, Funny from Mr. Moderator himself,

Nerdy friend connection? (4, Insightful)

dealsites (746817) | about 10 years ago | (#8720939)

What ever happened to people meeting at the mall, bars, concerts, school, etc...??

I hate to admit it, but I imagine most of these social-network people are the nerdy type. Not that I'm saying that's bad, but most of us probably already have some nerdy friends. Why not get out and meet people in real life to havae a well-balanced friend social network?

Although the open-source project is cool.

--
These are the deals you can't pass up. Real-time updates on all the best stuff. You won't be sorry! Check out the hot deal search page too! [dealsites.net]

Re:Nerdy friend connection? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721032)

I'm 20something. I'm too old to hang out at the mall.
I don't hang out at bars because sleazy guys, sluts and alcohold and music dont' appeal to me.
I dont' go to concerts because there is no modern music I'd care to listen to and I hate the noise and crowds and rude behavior at concerts.
I graduated school a decade ago.
Also, I work from home 365 days a year.

My human contact, thus, is very limited.

Re:Nerdy friend connection? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721061)

I am like you, but I meet women at my karate school and dance lessons. Just dedicate about 5-8 hours of your time to those activities weekly, and you have a lay for every day of the week.

Re:Nerdy friend connection? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721076)

I'm 20something. I'm too old to hang out at the mall.
I don't hang out at bars because sleazy guys, sluts and alcohold and music dont' appeal to me.
I dont' go to concerts because there is no modern music I'd care to listen to and I hate the noise and crowds and rude behavior at concerts.
I graduated school a decade ago.
Also, I work from home 365 days a year.


You sound like a real catch.

Re:Nerdy friend connection? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721034)

What ever happened to people meeting at the mall, bars, concerts, school, etc...??

You don't belong here.

Compare to plane fare (4, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | about 10 years ago | (#8721044)

What ever happened to people meeting at the mall, bars, concerts, school, etc

Not everybody knows how to drive an automobile. Not everybody drinks alcohol. Not everybody can afford tickets to those few live performances offered at venues friendly to those who either by choice or by statute do not drink alcohol. Some students ride a bus to and from school and thus do not have time to meet beforehand or afterwards.

In addition, electronic FOAF systems are much cheaper than inter-city bus fare or airplane fare for meeting friends who have interests that aren't all that common in smaller cities of 50,000 or so.

Learn to Dance (4, Insightful)

handy_vandal (606174) | about 10 years ago | (#8721172)

What ever happened to people meeting at the mall, bars, concerts, school, etc...??

I'll second this.

I'm a nerdy, basically shy person myself.

Learning to dance saved my social life -- talking ballroom dance here, swing and waltz and foxtrot.

Women go for that stuff, trust me on this one. The fellow who knows how to waltz has got it made. You get to approach strangers, make conversation with them, lead them onto the dance floor, put your hands on them, your arms around them ... move them rhymthmically around the dance floor ... and they love it.

Paradise!

-kgj

DDR? (1)

tepples (727027) | about 10 years ago | (#8721245)

Learning to dance saved my social life -- talking ballroom dance here, swing and waltz and foxtrot.

Is the four-step [ddrfreak.com] close enough? Or should I save the DDR for my computer's RAM slots?

Remember... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8720945)

When its hot outside and your hemmoroids are even hotter,
just look to the cool relief of Preparation-H to get
you on your way.

Reminds me of a joke... (5, Funny)

alan_dershowitz (586542) | about 10 years ago | (#8720949)

hearing about technical people writing "social networking" software.

How do you tell if an engineer is an extrovert?

He looks at YOUR shoes when he's talking.

XFN (4, Informative)

cgranade (702534) | about 10 years ago | (#8720950)

An open-source social protocol already exists... not a site, but an XML protocol for marking links as having a social significance. The recently announced Nvu [easyconnect.fr] supports links with XFN [gmpg.org] information. I would love to see if this network supports XFN, so that it could tie into other XFN-compliant networks and sites.

Re:XFN (2, Informative)

pldms (136522) | about 10 years ago | (#8721217)

FOAF [foaf-project.org] (which PeopleAggregator uses, as do many other sites) and it's relation to XFN are discussed here [gmpg.org] , and in depth by Leigh Dodds [ldodds.com] . It would be pretty hard to make something like PeopleAggregator using XFN since it's concerned with typing relations, not describing people. FOAF and XFN don't really compete. (btw, FOAF came first)

Note to everyone: (5, Funny)

Neil Blender (555885) | about 10 years ago | (#8720962)

You don't need a program, website, or even a computer to make friends.
You just open the door, go outside and...OH MY GOD, the SUN, it BURNS&..&}=20 ]} } } }&..}=3Dr}'}"}[NO CARRIER]

Friendster and open source (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8720964)

A bit OT, but while the friendster code may not be open, sure looks like they love it on the backend

http://www.friendster.com/jobs/

They even use an acronymn, LAMP, to refer to Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/PERL/Python

Re:Friendster and open source (4, Funny)

frenetic3 (166950) | about 10 years ago | (#8721055)


sure looks like they love it on the backend
mysql_pconnect(): Too many connections in /usr/web/peopleaggregator/env_production/lib/adodb /drivers/adodb-mysql.inc.php on line 251

looks like this site just took it in the backend. :P

-fren

Re:Friendster and open source (1)

stryck9 (670369) | about 10 years ago | (#8721137)

Considering the current site is run on jsp, tomcat and MySQL, I'd say the Friendster folks are pretty happy with open source stuff...

Slashdot Virus? :) (0, Redundant)

flaviozilla (766880) | about 10 years ago | (#8720965)

Slashdot Virus? :) lib/WikiDB/backend/PearDB.php:32: Fatal[256]: Can't connect to database: wikidb_backend_mysql: fatal database error * DB Error: connect failed * ( [nativecode=Too many connections] ** mysql://pawiki:XXXXXXXX@localhost/pawiki)

PeopleAggregator. What's it all about? (-1)

ShockerFan (741511) | about 10 years ago | (#8720978)

I mean, is it good or is it wack?

Full Interview Text (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | about 10 years ago | (#8721196)

Ali: Wicked! T'day, I's 'ere wit me main man, Mark Canter an' 'e's 'ere to talk about da PeopleAggregator thing-guh.

Ali: So Mark, 'n' be hones' 'ere, 'ow much poonani are ya 'xpectin' to get offa dis 'ere web site?
Mark: Excuse me, what? I can't really understand you. Is that hemp I smell?
Ali: Fo'real, ain't cha ever been to 'urope?
Mark: You're not even wearing a suit. You look like you're some famous music star or som--
Ali: Thank you.
Mark: I'm not complementing you. You need to go back to journalist school and learn what goes into a good BJ [broadcast journalist].
Ali: Oh, b'lee me. Me knows what cha talkin' about. Respec, man.
Mark: No, I'm out of here. It was nice meeting you.
Ali: So does I get like a invitation in da mail or something? Where you 'eaded, mon? Eh, 'e was a 'tard anyway.

Steal this book? No, steal this business! (2, Interesting)

David Hume (200499) | about 10 years ago | (#8721002)



Steal This Book [amazon.com] ? No, steal this business!

And programmers wonder why they're unemployed. :)

Listen, this is great. I mean, I like receiving a gift as much as the next guy, but...

I always wonder what people are thinking when they start a business like this and then immediately open source the code and make it publicly available so that anyone and everyone can immediately compete.

Oh, wait. They're going to make their money on support. Or is it custom applications?

And just how do you explain this to the VC? How do you word this on the prospectus?

Re:Steal this book? No, steal this business! (2, Insightful)

frenetic3 (166950) | about 10 years ago | (#8721113)

The value in friendster is not the technology really -- witness the number of open-source ripoffs (there are several more besides this one, even -- slashster and others have been mentioned) and so on. It's the critical mass of millions of users they've attained.

You can have the slickest and fastest social networking site (or IM client, or p2p client, or "portal"...) in the world but without users (no, being open source is not a "feature", end users don't care), a killer feature/gimmick, or an insane marketing budget, it's useless.

-fren

Turn off the computer!!!!! (0, Troll)

b12arr0 (3064) | about 10 years ago | (#8721022)

Damn! How hard is it to go meet your neighbors or even leave your room/apartment/house? Is it really that bad? I admit to being a geek and having a love for all things technological but I really don't understand all this whole social networking mumbo jumbo. Makes no sense to me. I like talking to people face to face as much as screen to screen.

Re:Turn off the computer!!!!! (1)

Tackhead (54550) | about 10 years ago | (#8721058)

> I admit to being a geek and having a love for all things technological but I really don't understand all this whole social networking mumbo jumbo. Makes no sense to me. I like talking to people face to face as much as screen to screen.

I don't understand the fascination with face-to-face either. The graphics are better, but the AI still sucks. When the face-to-face ones can pass a Turing test, I'll play the Blue Room and Daystar Expansion Set. Not until then.

Re:Turn off the computer!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721130)

You're funny. But not haha funny.

Re:Turn off the computer!!!!! (0)

b12arr0 (3064) | about 10 years ago | (#8721078)

Why am I modded down to Troll? It's not that bad of a comment. I just don't understand social networks. I guess everybody has different ways of socializing. I can understand that atleast.

OT (0)

Scrameustache (459504) | about 10 years ago | (#8721184)

Why am I modded down to Troll?

a troll is a person who posts messages that create controversy or an angry response without adding content to the discussion [wikipedia.org]

The sentence "Damn! How hard is it to go meet your neighbors or even leave your room/apartment/house? Is it really that bad?" is an angry response that adds nothing to the discussion.

You could also have said "Haha! You people of slashdot are pathetic lonely loosers! I'm better than you!", its the same thing, deep down.

Think FOAF is fluff? It is -- but... (4, Interesting)

gregwbrooks (512319) | about 10 years ago | (#8721026)

... but it can be one hell of a business tool, too. I've met people I'd never meet otherwise and gotten projects I'd never have heard about simply by starting up conversations on LinkedIn.

If you're a cubicle rat, then yeah, I guess the whole FOAF thing seems a little too much like high school dating logistics. But if you translate introductions into opportunities and know how to write a compelling message, then some of these social networks are godsends.

Social Networking Experiment (4, Funny)

illuminata (668963) | about 10 years ago | (#8721031)

Anybody want to be my friend :) :) :) :)??? Post below ;)!





... :(

Experiment failed.

Re:Social Networking Experiment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721114)

This belongs on Something Awful's Weekend Web feature.

BEND OVER!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721040)

and LUBE UP! Corporate AmeriKa has something for you and it's going straight UP YOUR ASS!!! ha!

metails.com is better and in same spirit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721053)

i'm raving a cool place non commercial social network that doesn't have banner ads and the site is intended as a commercial free environment to express yourself creatively and collaboratively among your friends. its new but growing rapidly but its got some really clever / artistic people on it already. check out my blog (and photos) there: jareds learns to blog [metails.com]

you killed it! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721064)

once again.

Six more degrees (2, Interesting)

digitalhermit (113459) | about 10 years ago | (#8721079)

I've been carrying out an experiment over the past few months to get in touch with a famous author/mathematician. He's written on the subject and it just absolutely fascinates me. The idea is to send a few letters to friends and see how quickly it can reach the destination through the hops. Theoretically you could get to the author with just six or seven hops. I sent a few letters to some associates but these got only to the third or fourth level before dying out. I'm going to increase the initial broadcast with a different, more academic oriented group this time. Software like the link shows (well, what I got before the ./ing) is almost perfect to track the results.

On a related note, a book called "Nexus" by M. Buchanan discusses social and other networks. Decent treatment, but unfortunately no equations or numbers.

In case it gets slashdotted (5, Funny)

bluenirve (470125) | about 10 years ago | (#8721097)

In case the site gets taken down:
Damn.

Oh hell. We got slashdotted. And the main site wasn't even running the current code revision. Back in a bit. 19:14CST
oops..

If you like this you'll love my new social network (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721111)

I called the VirtualYourMom'sBasement.

The most interesting people .... (2, Insightful)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | about 10 years ago | (#8721112)

I've ever come in contact with can hardly read or write (some can't do either) and are not computer savvy and don't have computers. It seems to me that internet-based "society" will be as boring, and as socially stimulating as being a white anglosaxon protestant male and attending a white anglosaxon protestant male boarding school. ie. Lotsa self and group masturbation but no clue what the real planet is about.

Full text of the website. (1)

Raven42rac (448205) | about 10 years ago | (#8721163)

"Damn. Oh hell. We got slashdotted. And the main site wasn't even running the current code revision. Back in a bit. 19:14CST"

this might be even better (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721174)

http://www.imaginarygirlfriends.com

Slashdot, the ultimate social network (1)

xelph (542741) | about 10 years ago | (#8721198)

One degree of separation. Everybody directly connected to Cowboy Neal. One word and all ready to crash the designated Web site. Sorry, PeopleAggregator...

Re:Slashdot, the ultimate social network (1)

Neil Blender (555885) | about 10 years ago | (#8721239)

Some foolio did this [mac.com] a while back. Basically, 6 degrees of separation to Taco through your Slashdot friends and fans. He said he got banned from Slashdot for running a beefy script against the site.

hmmmm (3, Insightful)

rnd() (118781) | about 10 years ago | (#8721203)

It would be very cool of the Open Source network sites had a way of generating GUIDs for each user and the ability to link together.

What about an open source search engine instead? (3, Interesting)

ChiralSoftware (743411) | about 10 years ago | (#8721258)

There seem to be too many social networking sites these days. How many can one person possibly belong to? What would be cool is an open source search engine [nutch.org] , although I don't know if that project is still active. One thing to consider is that open source works well for "products" like GNU/Linux but does not work as well for services like a social networking site. Even a service like our beloved Slashdot may use open source software but it is a commercially-operated ad-sponsored business.

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Create your wireless web site [chiralsoftware.net]

Speaking about Marc Canter (2)

azav (469988) | about 10 years ago | (#8721272)

It appears his old baby, Macromedia's Director, just got it's development team dissolved/outsourced/offshored to India.

Don't know what to think.

PHP? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721293)

PHP SUCKS!

bastard (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721296)

I wish such sites would provide profile-conversion tools to encourage jumping ship from one to another.

I'm sure you would, because you're a FUCKING RACIST.

Reply to this if you want to date me! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8721297)

Please!

me also (2, Funny)

goon america (536413) | about 10 years ago | (#8721301)

I wish such sites would provide profile-conversion tools to encourage jumping ship from one to another.

I wish people would go for the common good against their own best interest, too.

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