Thursday, January 03, 2008

Promulgating the social graph

Julian Sanchez, over at Techdirt gets it while many in the identity community - and even more who are involved in social networking - don't.

"Intuitively, it makes sense for users to be able to make whatever use they please of information about their own social networks. But in a social network, "your" information is someone else's as well."

The point about relationship data is that there is a relationship. And a relationship, like a contract, has two sides (well, it could have more - but that's kinky). Both sides need to be involved in the decision to distribute the relationship data. Both sides need to agree. Unless, of course, the whole "friendship" is one way. But imaginary relationships are best had with imaginary friends...

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