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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Breaking the garden walls

From: Ramana Kumar
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Breaking the garden walls
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:03:44 +0100

On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM, Michał 'rysiek' Woźniak <> wrote:
Hi there,

Since there is a discussion on Tent, I figure I might also ask your
opinion on this: |

I have been thinking about this for a while already. Basically I
believe, if done right, we might have a way of breaking people of
walled gardens.

Here's the short version, but do please read the whole post (it's not
that long), many issues are covered there already.

1. agree on a single social network protocol (or two - one for
   microblogging, one for longer forms) and throw all weight and
   support behind it.

This is an important one, and it sounds difficult to me because I don't know how to make people agree.
Your tactic is to make people agree to agree first. Hopefully that works, or someone else knows another effective way.

2. create a service that offers several service types (XMPP, e-mail,
   social networking) under a single user ID.

By including email there you're basically forcing it to be an email address. That's probably OK.

3. that's the important part: designate a certain date each month or
   (probably better) quarter "Prison Break Day"; create a website that
   users can log-into with their walled-garden accounts and take one
   or more of the possible pledges:
   - "I shall create a libre social network account before or at the
      next Prison Break Day";
   - "I shall close my walled-garden account before or at the next
      Prison Break Day".

Crucially, info on the pledges shall be published on user's walled-
garden walls/streams/timelines/etc.

The point is to have the network effect work for us.

Pledging does not require much work and is not a hard decision, so
some people that would not be willing to move to libre networks just
like that - just might take these pledges.

The more people pledge, the more other people see that there are, in
fact, many people trying or wanting, or thinking about going libre.
This is precisely what we're going for, and this is precisely where
our chance is.

So, what do you think?

Sounds good.

Me and my foundation is willing to take part and engage in such a
project if there would be some interest from others (see what I did
there with this pledge right now? ;) ).

You have my interest. Tell me what to do.

Michał "rysiek" Woźniak

Fundacja Wolnego i Otwartego Oprogramowania

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