...or: Finding and/or Building a Better Social Network
This page is more a placeholder for continuing discussions than it is an attempt to give a thorough overview of the field -- but this is a problem I've been investigating (sporadically) at least since The Great and Thoroughly Unnecessary Nymwars, so I do have a few anecdatapoints collected.
- Platforms: What existing solutions (software, sites) are there? (What's good and bad about each? Which ones come closest to meeting our needs?)
- Design: How _should_ a social network be designed? (What are the minimum requirements? What would be ideal? What features do we _not_ want? What are our goals and priorities for social networking?)
- Migration: When we find/build a good solution, how can we get people to leave the safety, comfort, and familiarity of NotEvilBook and Face+ to join us there?
"Design" and "Migration" probably need separate spaces for discussion; at the moment, I just want to summarize what I know about "Platforms".
Software that is purpose-built for social networking:
- Friendica: distributed, open-source (PHP); interconnects with Diaspora; basic site can be installed/maintained by one person
- Reddit: open-source (Python?), but seems to be high-maintenance; centralized
- Elgg: open-source but centralized. This seems likely to have evolved considerably since I last tried it, so should probably be looked at again.
Pliggseems to be no longer available; can't find anything about it.
- Kune: never actually tried it, but it seems promising (includes the open-source implementation of Google Wave).
(Not suitable for various reasons: Facebook, G+, Tumblr, LiveJournal, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, Twitter... also TikiWiki, StatusNet aka Gnu Social)
Software that was built for other purposes but which might be adaptable to social networking: