Web 2.0 Expo – Open Platforms in Web 2.0

Dick Dale by milesgehm
[Most of the between session music has been pretty generic. But any session that plays Dick Dale before it starts is awesome. And it is one of his recent ones ‘Nitro‘. If they play Miserlou or better yet Pipeline with Stevie Ray Vaughn (bad movie, bad hair, great guitar duo), I may just go up afterwards and congratulate the sound guy. Yes, I love surf guitar and he is the King of the Surf Guitar. One of the two left-handed guitar players who revolutionized the instrument.]

#1 Background about Facebook and all the other social media networks. Talked about media networked devices such as appleTV and iPhone. Only from 1 company. Many other examples.

Now it can get large amounts of money. Now strategy is not how do you close it off but how you work in the open.

#2 RSS and Atom to consume feeds. publishing allows content to be open without accessing publishing site directly. microformats. even MS is going to open microformats.

But open also means privacy. need transparency. OAUTH – ‘valet’ key for the web. can set up access to website. password anti-pattern – importing contact lists without real approval.

so we have ways to share information. and more companies are embracing open standards such as IM clients. allows sites to interact.

ways to know who someone is – openID. happened in last year. microformat XFN – can link profiles from different accounts. link to frineds all around the web. mix social networks, FOAF, XFN and social graph API (Google). Live demo of power of social graph API.

Open Platforms – provides or consumes open api. use standards (when they exist) . Fire eagle. Twitter. plaxo. mashable.com.

Q&A – charlene li – openid took off fast. what is rate of uptake around open standard? it is increasing in a lot of areas. Speed is somewhat misleading since some of it took place at low level for a couple of years before implemented. having to get to stable standard before quick adoption.

What about mobile aspects? email/contacts broken since filtering aspects are hard. want to have email that access social profiles to help identify real friends and not fake friends.

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Web 2.0 Expo – User-generated censorship

Annalee by etech

[More semi-live blogging]

Annalee Newitz – what happens when people game social networks. get on Digg by paying people. social media depends on user-generated material but how to rid oneself of cheats.

social media censorship – bottom up, not top down; collaborative; punitive (the cruelty of crowds); not within terms of service.
here it is users who are making decision.

people get together in groups to remove people from a site for reasons that do not have to do with terms of service. it is personal.

Censorship makes user-generated content less valuable; creates divisiveness; drives community away; it is unjust; fear of posting.

“let’s collaborate to destroy free expression!” Examples – Blogger – Flag blog. sends it to database. not granular or a lot of choices to explain why. if too many people flag it, it becomes unsearchable. no accountability for person doing the flagging.

[in this case, there is no transparency about censoring, which is really done by corporation. not by community. This is really a bad amalgam of bottom up mixed with top down. may not be the best way to do it.]

Flickr – can also flag items but not clear.it also allows people to declare before hand what content may be. it does not make it disappear just harder to get to. Again, transparency of decision why an account is flagged is not readily apparent. A bunch of people or even a competitor could flag an account and make it invisible. Then it requires a long process to fix.

[She is talking from the side of the user, but it would be nice to know more about why companies make their decisions on process or just how many flags need to be sent.]

YouTube has better granularity and takes down things quickly. She has talked with Google about this. But still no transparency.

Digg – can digg or to bury a story. bury is used in ways that some call censorship. Problem with Digg is that how stories moved up or down is not transparent so people use bury to game in a zero-sum game. It is way for people to game system to their own advantage. Does not make things disappear just hard to find. On INternet this can be deadly since we rely on filtering.

Wikipedia – does a reasonable job of providing transparency to flagging. makes it harder for people to expel. It allows community to decide.

Solutions – clear content guidelines. clear and fast routes of redress; easy use of filters to self-moderate.

[This was a very interesting talk. Most sites do not really examine why or how people can game the system to harm other’s visibility. Essentially, by making flagging anonymous and without accountability, they open their systems to being abused. But, sites that make censorship/hiding as open and accountable as they do with posters will have fewer problems.]

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Beginning of 2nd day of Web 2.0

Made it through this morning’s keynotes. I did not take any notes. Saving my power. Keynotes are better for inspiring than for new information.So I’m up in the blogger’s lounge, eating a bagel, drinking some coffee and talking with other people about why there is a yoga instructor in a room full of bloggers? Not a lot of interest but the massage guys have a lot of interest. Now that is a great idea!