The lost infrastructure of social media

Anil Dash, Medium, Aug 12, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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The most striking feature of this article is a list, side-by-side, of the sharing and network features that existed in the early days of the blogosphere and those that are available today. In far too many categories, today's listing is "n/a" - in other words, nothing. We've lost blog search, responses, favourites, updates, friend lists, and more. Some of these have just be slurped into the closed social media sites, while others are just gone. "I think most of these ideas were good ideas the first time around and will remain good ideas in whatever modern incarnation revives them for a new generation," writes Dash. "I have no doubt there’s a billion-dollar company waiting to be founded based on revisiting one of the concepts outlined here." Via D'Arcy Norman (listed only as 'dnorman' in his author metadata).

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