The social media decentralization(SMD) revenue models I think will emerge at the cross point of two industries which have already successful revenue models, based on trust. They are the e-commerce/P2P commerce and the content monetization¹. This will allow them to scale and make the trust and influence the new currency. When the social medias decentralize, the users will have profiles where they will be able to store and monetize all their content and also integrate all their e-commerce/P2P commerce ratings in order to use them for further businesses. They will be able to organize and manage everything flexibly, according their preferences.
So what about Facebook and the other centralized social networks? The centralized social networks were focused so far on ensuring stable and secure infrastructure, accessible for free for their users and massive Business intelligence system behind it and that will be their key differentiator in the future. The big systems like Facebook, G+,Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn won’t disappear, but will transform and adopt the new business models, coming from the decentralized space and will invent and experiment with more business models. They will know the best way how to cut the infrastructure costs and management hassles for a single profile and how to monetize the Business intelligence behind it. On the picture you could see Lean Canvas with some of my ideas about that:
I think the current social networks are too closed and they would lose a lot if they don’t turn their Product development to a crowdsourced process. They do it currently via acquisitions, but I think that brings new ideas too slowly, compared with the true potential of the crowdsourcing, which is unlimited. I think the social networks delayed their development, not integrating the models of e-commerce/ P2P commerce and content monentizaton so far, based on trust.
Please let me know what do you think in a comment below. All your comments will be appreciated.
¹ monetization – to utilize (something of value) as a source of profit
I’m big fan of LeanCanves so I’ll explain my social media decentralization(SMD) model via two lean canvases. As I explained in my previous post about the main milestones the SMD will go through while building a stable revenue model, we will have 3 important milestones to consider:
1. Building stable, secure and extendable platform, based on Free Software license, keeping the Total cost of ownership(TCO) low.
So consider the SMD platform as variant of Shopify and Volusion for content creators, where you could rely on stable secure platform, which could be extended further with additional functionality. Since their inception, Shopify, Volusion, and their competitors in the niche enabled tens of thousands shop owners around the world to go online, processing above $5Bln in sales for 2013.
In the SMD what the people are going to ‘fuel’ their profiles with would be their content and their P2P/e-commerce ratings which they are going to integrate in their core profile via plugins and monetize¹ via the best practices from these industries.
2. Integrating all content monetization models, based on trust, transparency and knowledge sharing, via plugins.
One of the most important plugins, reflecting the trust-monetization will be the Personal References Directory plugin:
The basic idea behind it is – the ad industry is corrupted, as the only engagement between the platform, showing you an ad, and the advertised product or service is the money paid for the ad space.
Few years ago Pat Flynn did something fundamental, showing how this could be fixed. He was a laid-off architect, starting online business when he did something unique nobody tried the same way – he started sharing his knowledge and experience he built while doing his business to all his readers for free. This way he turned his business to a ‘lab’ for his fans. The main revenue stream for Pat Flynn‘s business is the Resources page on his site, where he shares honestly what kinds of services and products he uses, while doing the business. The products and services are referred with affiliate links and what he monetizes is the trust, generated in the community. Since 2008, the affiliate revenue Pat reports is about $1.4mln.
This is the model which confirmed my initial assumptions how the social media decentralization would work one day and which inspired me to continue in this area. There is one thing I think the people who follow Pat Flynn need, so they could implement the model easier and it’s the Personal References Directory plugin described in the diagram above. With this plugin we could monetize even more things the people use and trust, not only around their businesses, but in their personal lives.
Following intensively Pat Flynn, I see there are people in the community loving him so much for the knowledge he shares, that they go and click on the referral links explicitly in order to give him credit, despite they could order directly. I did it also, when I bought a product and service he recommends.
3. Integrating all e-commerce and P2P commerce models via plugins to a decentralized profile so the users would be able to transfer their ratings from one e-commerce/P2P commerce business to another one.
Here, as I described in my previous post, the P2P commerce is a billion dollars business, with projections to grow and reform the whole industry. Integrating its models in the SMD via plugins and core platform will allow the people to transfer their trust gained from one platform to another and gain profit from it, interacting with more businesses.
I’ll be happy to read your comments about my ideas.
¹ monetization – to utilize (something of value) as a source of profit
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What you see on the picture is a roadmap I propose, which uses the know-how from several different areas, which I find important for the future of the social media decentralization(SMD). What I propose is common umbrella research project to be created so the cross points of these areas could be seen easier and a prototype of SMD monetization¹ framework to be created.
The main milestones the SMD will go through while building stable revenue model I think are:
I. Creating reliable decentralized platform, eliminating the privacy and security issues of the big centralized platforms, and making the platform customizable and extendable for new media formats.
What I think is needed is:
1. Full list of all projects, technically approaching the SMD.
2. SWOT analysis for all of them.
3. Building one common knowledge base, integrating their know-how.
So far, the SMD exist as a cause in the tech community. It is supported by the tech medias, volunteering, donations, sponsorship and crowdfunding campaigns. There is no community yet researching the potential revenue models, which could align with the SMD values and I think it’s very important such community to be created.
There are two areas, which I find should be researched in parallel in order a revenue model for SMD to be created successfully and they are: the e-commerce and the content monetization.
Over the last few years the P2P e-commerce explored massively the same values as the SMD – like trust, profit sharing, knowledge sharing, openness, transparency and this turned the P2P marketplaces quickly to a billion dollar business. By the same time the SMD platforms were creating their first prototypes, the P2P marketplaces started sprouting and the people started feeling confident to share their rooms, parking places, cars, toys and even kitchens or hire people overseas online and all these systems operate via online rating systems, based on trust. What the people understood was that the sharing and transparency could result in digital ‘ratings’ which could be used for doing business online in many areas – from knowledge sharing to property sharing and selling goods/services. Imagine what would happen, if all the platforms like the famous Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Uber, and many others, in other niches, unite their ratings via one legitimate profile of the user, which she would host wherever she wants and use the ratings as apps in order to participate in new business models. I think the e-commerce cannot grow, if it doesn’t at certain moment embrace the idea for SMD.
The content monetization, on the other hand, also is very close to the SMD monetization. The influencers like Pat Flynn and Leo Babautta successfully focused their models on trust, full transparency and knowledge sharing and this brought them great revenue and ranked them among the top entrepreneurs in the world.
What do they do is:
– breaking the corrupted advertising model, where the advertiser is not endorsed personally by the publishers
– opening transparently all their knowledge they built
– sharing only things they personally use and trust.
On the platform side, the favorite content management platform of 60mln+ users, including many big influencers, is WordPress, and it is under GPLv2 license from the Free Software Foundation. WordPress allows the users to host their content everywhere they want in various media formats. The platform is extendable by plugins and it has thousands of volunteers and commercial organizations creating design templates, functional customizations and even whole commercial frameworks. It could be turned very easy to Shopify and Volusion for content creators, integrating social features and all best practices from the proven influencers, and that could result in massive adoption of the SMD.
So the next milestones will be:
II. Revenue models for a decentralized network, based on the content monetization best practices.
Here I think the main sub-milestones will be:
1. Research how the infrastructure costs could be optimized for content creators, using Free Software platforms.
2. Best practices community, analyzing the best practices of revenue generation via trust, transparency and knowledge-sharing.
3. Development community, implementing the best practices via plugins, frameworks, and whole platforms.
III. Revenue models for a decentralized network, based on the P2P business models and e-commerce best practices.
Here the main sub-milestones will be:
1. Common knowledge base, with the best practices so far, based on trust, transparency and knowledge sharing, implemented in the e-commerce and P2P marketplaces.
2. Platform integration of all best practices into SMD via plugins and frameworks.
And last, but not least:
IV. How to manage decentralized network via social browser, using advanced tools.
The social browser exists as a concept already several years and in different implementations. The most popular of them – Rockmelt and Flock were acquired and closed. Now Flock is announced to be coming back soon, with something awesome to show. The existing social browsers, like Beamrise, Orbitum and Diglo are trying to fill the gap providing the user with common panel where she could integrate all her feeds from the popular social networks or aggreagate information on different topics.
What I think about the social browser is that it will reach its full potential when it shakes hands with the SMD. The social browser will come as ‘wrapper’ to the social medias and we would be able to aggregate information and create campaigns in much better, more flexible and fully customizable way. The social browser would look like a tool which will have functionality for browsing profiles, instant messaging, observing and organizing groups of people, organizing and analyzing data. The social browser, similar to the decentralized social profile, would have core and extendable features, so it won’t be one-size-fits-all. The extendable features will be implemented via plugins, so you can imagine the social browser like Business Intelligence tool or like the IDEs for the developers.
The milestones I propose here are:
1. SWOT analysis of all current social browsers.
2. Analysis on the Free Software CRM systems as option to be used as personal contact management systems via social browser
3. Analysis on the Business Itelligence tools, used for social media analysis and the potential such tools to be integrated via plugins in a social browser
4. The social search and its future. Analysis how the search engines and the content aggregation will work with the DSM.
I’ll be happy to hear feedback from you, so feel free to contact me or drop a comment here.
¹ monetization – to utilize (something of value) as a source of profit
At April 2, 2014 he was called ‘person being on the wrong side of history’ from a journalist from big tech media.
That made me think a lot and what I realize is that actually we are all on the wrong side of history.
The American state was founded after one of the biggest genocides in the world, killing millions of native Americans. Is then the American state legitimate? Seems it is. This will happen much easier when the social media decentralization happens, as the methods of segregation and assimilation will become more accessible to more and more people with different intentions.
I’d love it if the people who reached the wisdom that ‘if you speak to the eagle and the snake, they will speak to you, too’ – were our influencers, when we create infrastructure, allowing every single person tо reach the world with his ideas. But it’s not possible – the millions of native Americans are dead. We could learn a lot of things from their balance with the nature. Instead of them, we have GMO.
Similar things could be said about the millions dead from the wars during the last century, who hasn’t been given the chance to influence our society. The United States, being the most powerful and progressive economy in the world, is still part of military conflicts which could be avoided. This spreads quite bad culture of foreign affairs, contrasting with the fact that some of brightest minds of the 20 and 21-st century constantly immigrated there.
As you see, it doesn’t take a microscope to see the alarmingly bad things happening around us. They all depend of our time, efforts and ethics to solve them.
In the global economy there are more and more methods becoming available every single day about reaching the other’s lives via new technologies and business models. They can be used in various ways to improve the lives of the people in every part of the world, let them share ideas and reach services they haven’t had access to. On the other hand, they could be used to bereave the people from privacy, freedom of speech and freedom of choice.
Thinking about my project in the social media decentralization area, which is considered as one of the most disruptive tech areas, I want to spread the knowledge how the decentralized networks could work and make profit for the people willing to build trust and good reputation with their knowledge, and I want to do that entirely for the good of the society. This makes me think what happens with the innovations when they interweave with another ideas in the society and are they utilized always for the common good?
In the innovations area, everything nowadays is fruit of serious industry know-how and despite that the newborn ideas are getting many times badly industrialized or even turned to weapons. Marie Curie sacrificed her life discovering the nuclear energy more than one century ago and she didn’t do it in order to be badly industrialized, like in Fukushima or Chernobilsk. Neither she did it for the nuclear bombs falling in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But what was the guarantee for the inventor that these things would never happen and the innovation will be utilized for the good of the society without any damage?
We envision great things when we invent something, but many times we forget about the potential misuses. The misuses with an invention happen in many ways and the invention itself doesn’t stop the people to cause harm with it. It’s enough, for example, certain cultural and political prejudices to interweave with invention usage and it can turn to a weapon. For example the access to prenatal ultrasound testing in India, lead to sex-selective abortion of millions of babies over the last 20 years due to cultural preferences still rooted in the society. Shall we start innovating then how our innovations are used and how best practices are spread regarding their usage?
I think there should be way the inventors to put their terms and conditions when they create something and all the people should obey that terms when they use the invention. As we live in a global world, we should start innovating culture of predicting the damage an innovation could cause and how to spread ethical best practices about its usage. All the inventors and users of inventions should have special ‘ethical oath’ like the Hippocrates Oath about not causing harm.
What I want with my social media decentralization project is to show how decentralized network could make money and generate value in terms of trust, influence and other non-monetary parameters. My model is ready for publishing long time ago and any time I try to publish it, a tragedy happens in my life. That happened already two times. Maybe I haven’t been ready with my Hippocrates Oath.. That’s why I want to write down these thoughts regarding the ethical issues I see.
I know how the decentralized networks could work and make money. I want to spread this knowledge for the good of the society. I don’t do it for the money. I want to do it for the idea and the good use of it. We know the power of Internet, the information society can save lives and destroy lives. It must be our responsibility to establish the best practices when we create something, and we should not postpone that for later.
The social media decentralization is powerful weapon. I don’t want to create a weapon. Actually, I want to create a weapon against the mass propaganda. I want the knowledge-sharing to become so intense, that it solves the problems of the world, because our problems are mainly informational problems. I want to be part of economy, based on knowledge-sharing, as it’s renewable and upgradable resource and in constant demand.
I think we have enough resources and we can live and improve our lives without destroying cultures and non-renewable resources. We just have to re-focus on our ethics and on the urgent problems. Otherwise we will build wrong sides of history.
Few years ago I submitted a concept to idea contest how the social media decentralization could work, and also how the social browser could work.
I submitted the idea also to several influencers, in order to get feedback. Among them was
Richard Stallman. The main question I’ve got from the influencers was: how we are going to generate revenue from the model?
I had to think about stable revenue model which would obey the privacy of the user data.
I didn’t have proven idea at that stage, however I had very strong assumptions how the monetization¹ of a decentralized profile would work – via its private references to products the user uses and honestly refers, and also via paid interactions with brands via quizzes, product ideas and paid surveys. I believed that the honesty and the direct communication between the brand and the users could result in a good revenue model for both the sides.
Now, after 3 years following and investigating the incredible business model of Pat Flynn for monetizing niche and personal web sites, which he shares on his blog smartpassiveincome.com, I see how my initial ideas came true and I’m happy to say that now this could be used in an implementation of social media decentralization framework.
What Pat Flynn did with his model was to prove that if a person shares honestly his experience with his audience, he could build massive trust and monetize that via affiliate references to products he uses personally and loves recommending them to his audience.
He uses affiliate links for that purposes, but never real commercials. Because of this, the audience is very loyal to him and loves generating him revenue via his referrals. Some people return to click on purpose on his referral links, as sign of thanksgiving, and also send him postcards to thank him for the content shared!
Pat Flynn started his blog accidentally after being laid-off and didn’t plan to create something fundamental in the web, however he did it!
Following his own ideology of openness and free knowledge sharing, he started publishing annual and monthly income reports since the inception of his blog. Now his annual income for 2013 is 6-figures one, and it’s only because of the trust he generated.
What he managed to generate revenue from is the trust and the contacts – the two new currencies.
I have always believed that one day we all will have social media profiles which would be the decentralized, and this would allow us to make money from recommendations to products we use, like and recommend, and also via sharing our problems to brands who want to create products for us. That would replace entirely the defective advertising and user research system the marketing uses now.
I think Pat Flynn had discovered something really fundamental and I don’t know does he even realize it, but in my humble opinion everybody interested in social media decentralization should know about his model.
What I propose WordPress to do is to try applying the model I’d explain here in this post and form a circle of experts and content creators, which will evaluate it. I think WordPress is the best platform to apply the model of decentralization monetization, because it has already great 60M users community creating content worldwide and it’s also open source, easy extendable, and with very active community.
I’d appreciate any feedback from you. Here is my outline how exactly the social media decentralization would work:
I. The social media decentralization from business point of view:
1) the user profile:
The user profile would be created by every single user who needs social presence, with functionality matching his preferences. There will be an option for the user to start with simple core functionality and upgrade anytime later.
If the user wants to share more or less information he will be able to configure this easily. Every user will be able to configure to which people he wants to share information and what type.
The profiles will be verified legally for every single person who wants that, so a profile could be used as a legal presence. There won’t be anymore duplicate accounts or fake accounts. This will eliminate many spamming and trolling practices.
Every single person will be much more responsible about what he is writing or saying on the web. The opinions this way would have also much bigger credibility.
The people who have verified profiles would be able to participate in elections, public votings and discussions. This would be beautiful opportunity for the people to gather legally and solve some common problems which require public voting and public brainstorming.
The implementation of this legal verification process could be performed eventually by the domain providers, selling personal certificates based on our personal IDs.
Every single person will create content via so called ‘social streams‘. The social streams will be defined as information in specific format, or associated with specific social or business model. Social stream for example would be your pictures, the texts you are sharing, your audio podcasts, your favourite music you bookmark, the music you create, your videos, your presentations, your notes from the school. Everything you could create and share with the others in a specific format or connected with some specific business model is a social stream. The separation on social streams would allow the people to manage them more flexibly. They will share them and interact with business and individuals which are interested in their content.
The social streams will allow us to emulate P2P marketplaces via the single profiles, without middleman. Let say you have notes from your university, videos showing your expertise, some audio samples you make and also nice pictures you want to sell. You could sell them directly from your own profile, not only via stock sites and other P2P marketplaces.
Every single model which allows you now to sell P2P would be implemented profile-centric, with options to trade your content or services.
For better search, there will be special search engines or search plug-ins. The search engines will look like search plug-ins of the social browser I’ll describe a bit later in this post.
The search plug-ins will be created and improved by many organizations and they will act as search engine for example for pictures, audio, text.
Even now some search engines are attempting to implement OCR recognition, speech recognition for indexing the videos and audio, image search, so I believe soon the search engines would compete for more niche performance around social, business models and media formats.
2) the personal recommendation system:
Every single person will have personal directories which will be associated with his profile and every single directory will be representing his recommendations of some brands, products and services he is using.
The directories will have sub directories for every single problem we have. For example let’s say you need to change your tires and you need recommendation from your friends for the best services they have used. You’d usually ask your friends and they would tell you what were their impressions from the different service centres, but that takes a lot of time.
Imagine you have a listing with everything you used, with recommendations and opinions how well it helped you solve your problems. So instead of asking your friends were to change your tires, you will click twice and you will see the recommendations from your friends or their trusted influencers and friends. They also would be able to see your recommendations, if you are willing to share them with them.
You could share what kind of cosmetics you purchase for yourself or for your dog, or what kind of services you used for renovating your house. Everything you use would be described in your personal directory and the brands will try to make it easier. This way if you refer something really great, your friend would know it immediately from you. This will allow you to make some decent amount of money from affiliates because the brands would be happy to be referred from loyal customers as they really know how important the word-of-mouth is.
Every single recommendation, which is honest and every single opinion would rate the brands and the products higher amongst other brands. This would be really great way to share experience and contribute to the growth of the good brands and products.
The people, similarly with the personal product directories, will have directories with their wish lists. Let’s say you wish to buy something but you still don’t know what brand you’d prefer or you need concrete product and you still wait for the next version or you just don’t have the money or need some personal references. In these cases you will be able to select what kind of things you wish to buy and if they are real products, this will allow the creators of the products to know how many people wish to buy the product, so they could estimate better the market and eventually send you discounts or copies to review of their product. They will be able to ask you to do paid surveys, too.
So this basically will allow the brands to communicate with the customers better on pre-release and release stage.
Another directory all we will have is the directory with our needs and problems, which will act as incredible source for marketing research.
Imagine the brands want to know who actually needs their product. They always spend a lot of time assuming what the people want, how exactly they prefer the product, and how deep they recognize a problem. The brands need usually to iterate many times about that.
So let’s imagine you have some need which is not solved yet, for example to have a robot augmenting your movements when you cook and then making you soup, sandwich or juice. I’d love having such robot at home. I can’t express now my needs in a way that every single manufacturer could find me quickly and alert me when they need my opinion.
I want to share every single problem I have, which is potentially product or service related and I’d like all the companies interested to solve my problem to target me at the moment they have solution, or want me to share opinions about the solution.
There are plenty of products which I want to buy and I have to wait a lot for them.
I’ll give an example from my practice: Few years ago and about two years before DropBox to achieve its huge success I approached a friend of mine, who is successful co-founder of small hosting company and I asked him to recommend me or provide me a service, which will allow me to store all my files remotely and access them from everywhere. I just wanted to drop my files and to forget about using hard disks anymore. I needed remote access and easy sharing of important files. I assured him I am ready to pay for this service.
We started musing how I could get eventually such service. I asked could we actually adapt a hosting plan to fit my needs and could there be any customized plans for people like me.
He didn’t believe there would be so many people who would be willing seriously to pay for this. He didn’t believe the idea is generally worth investing. Now, as I have already what I want, I use DropBox and many similar products, but I’m still sorry that my friend couldn’t check instantly how many people like me would want the product and create it earlier.
Generally, I think it happens too often with many ideas we have – we find somebody who thought about the same, but we cannot gather to implement them together, because we didn’t have mechanism how to find each other.
Also sometimes we see the products we need, implemented on the other side of the world and we have to wait months or years before they come on our local markets. All this process is very slow and I’d prefer it organized better and more efficient.
I have personally a lot of ideas which I find viable and I’d love implementing them. I want to organize around them crowdsourced process with people like me who would share their views and contribute. This will attract investors, companies and clients who would co-invent. A process like this will create flat structure of not hiring and firing, but shared contribution and profit.
3) the brands and products
The brands would be able to communicate with their clients much better in much more decentralized way, gathering much more information from the clients, depending of course of their preferences how much info they want to share with the brand. The clients could decide to share with the brands their needs and problems and the brands eventually could react with another product or with improvement of the current products. The brands and the clients would communicate much more intensively and in advanced way. All the people will be able to like a product and to rate a product or to add comments about the product depending of their experience with it.
The people will be able to register with their real names and verified identities everywhere and also their wishes and preferences could be followed by another people. If a person likes something, or shares some need or problem, this could be liked and commented from his friends, and also his friends could follow the same need or problem, which would mean that they legally declare they have the same problem or are interested to see how this problem is solved. They could also be targeted by the brands.
This way every single need or problem could be spread and communicated among the communities of people who could form around a brand much quicker. So basically the brand managers won’t have this duty to create the communities from scratch, but they would assist them in their creation. The people also could choose nicknames which they could use when they register somewhere. The anonymity in Internet would be protected if the people want to play anonymous somewhere, but the nicknames would be verifiable for any legal purposes. This won’t allow creating fake profiles because the nicknamed profiles would be verifiable, but the people would be able to choose more artistic nicknames, if they want so.
4) the causes
The same way as the people share problems, needs and wish lists, they will be able to support and share causes. Every single cause will be like a problem or idea you want to engage followers to. The causes basically would live like the brands and they would have the same mechanisms for engaging the crowd. All the people around the world would have legal profiles from which they would be able to raise causes, raise donations, find support for some problems, or find publicity. They would be targeted by charity organizations who want to detect quicker who needs help and donation.
5) the knowledge sharing process
The knowledge sharing process would work like something as easy as now posting a status on Facebook . The people haven’t dreamt about Facebook ten years ago but now they see everyday how powerfully it’s transforming how we communicate.
It’s very essential for us to make the brain dump and content creation process quicker, because the people used to have a lot to do and the knowledge sharing process becomes difficult. For all the people who have serious expertise, the brain dump should be as easy as a conversation.
The knowledge sharing process will transform totally the education system and once we decentralize the knowledge sharing, every single brand will accumulate followers by the knowledge it shares. Listen Pat Flynn‘s Brand Loyalty and a 19th Century Strategy You Can Use to Get it and see how he personally uses it, and you will understand how it works.
It would be kind of charity from the brand and also proof of their expertise for the clients. Every single person will be able to gain knowledge from every single brand or influencer just by following him.
The typical following model will involve reading and listening brain dumps, commenting, interacting with the influencer, exchanging ideas with other like minded people, following idea contests and also job boards.
Every single brand and every single influencer would have job boards, where they would refer positions opened in their business and also jobs which are opened currently from treir trusted contacts and brands. This will shorten the distance between the universities and the business tremendously and will help the best and most-familiar with the brand people to take the job positions from it.
II. The social media decentralization from technical point of view:
1) the profile based on WordPress
The profiles I propose to be based on WordPress, because WordPress is under GPLv2 license from the Free Software Foundation and all the social media decentralization platforms must comply with the free software values.
WordPress is already used by 60 million+ people worldwide, and it’s the most preferred platform for blogging. It could scale really fast as a social network, as it has great accessibility and usability, made for people with different levels of computer skills.
It’s very easy for both professionals and nonprofessionals to extend it, as it has active community providing help for everybody willing to learn something new.
The easy customization allows thousands of volunteers and commercial organizations to create design and functional customizations via plugins, design themes and even whole specialized commercial frameworks. The active community and great support contributes a lot for the quick iteration of new ideas.
One of the problems all centralized social networks like Facebook have is that they are trying to create one-size-fits-all solution, with very minimal options for customizations. Here we can overcome that and create adjustable solution which everybody could customize according his own preferences.
2) the social browser
What I think about the social browser is that it will become reality when we decentralize our social media properly. The social browser will come as coverage “interface” to the social media and if we create our social media formats properly we would be able to aggregate them and manage them in much better way. The social browser would look like a tool which will have functionality like browsing profiles, instant messaging, observing and organizing groups of people, organizing and analyzing data.
The social browser, similar to the social profile, would have core and extendable features, so it won’t be one-size-fits-all.
The first type of plugins, developed for the social browser I think would be the aggregation and search plug-ins. The search plug-ins would search for people and information and would be developed by different companies like Google or Yahoo are Bing and the purpose of the plug-ins would be the best possible search in certain area like the best possible search for movies, images, videos. The aggregation plugins will aggregate regularly information regarding some topics or social models. The concepts of the plugins will be iterated and extended depending on the demand of social media analysis and there will be involved volunteers and commercial organizations.
3) the contacts management with functionality like a CRM
The contact management of every single profile would look more like a CRM. It would be equipped with functionality not available now any social media. It would be simple, but upgreadable so the people who want more advanced options would be able to upgrade with plug-ins and analytics options. The people would be able to create campaigns, look at statistics, save more information about their contacts, for example personal information they shared with them via other medias.
4) the business intelligence we will have and which will be extended as much as we need to
What would be very specific about the decentralized web is that the business intelligence that is currently created on the basis of our profiles and social contacts, won’t be available only to the big corporations like Facebook, LinkedIn, but to us, also. Every single social network now has serious business intelligence layer above the information we share and once we decentralize the web we will be able to use also such, based on our networks.
The privacy of our business intelligence layer is very essential, and now we have almost no control on it. Only the few corporations who maintain our profiles have it
5) the privacy of the data we set
The privacy of the data everybody sets would be really advanced and it would come with features which the community selects, so there won’t be options for example like now to have mandatory common contacts shown between you and your acquaintances or unknown people, if you don’t want to. Now you cannot disable it on Facebook or LinkedIn or if you want some privacy setting which is not available, you cannot vote for its creation. Everything the people have as a data would come with all the possible settings to share it or not.
6) the hosting we will support by providing personal clouds and forming decentralized cloud
The hosting in terms of social media decentralization would look like a cloud which we will support by sharing resources of our private servers. I believe one day everybody would have his own private server and we would be able to share the free resources of our servers anytime flexibly. This way if eventually something happens on one server, and our data is lost there, it would be recoverable from another server without problems.
There are much more ideas to be added here. I’ll leave the outline for now as version 1.0 and it will be its first iteration. I’ll extend all the ideas when I get feedback and questions from you, which I’ll really appreciate. I think about creating mind-maps, or some project tree, let me know what do you think about this.
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¹ monetization – to utilize (something of value) as a source of profit