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I'm into decentralized social networks so I'm also interested in social-network-portability, although I'd first want to see the first thing happen - then the rest can be ported, if it cares to.

I'm a bit surprised we ended up on microformats to this purpose, as publishing things on the web is fundamentally anti-privacy, and that's an essential goal for social networking.

So I'm asking.. can we be private on the web? And if we need to create such a private web first, why bother? Why not use an optimized protocol to achieve our goals instead of extracting them from documents that hardly anyone will read?

Then again, if I look at how we implemented our profile surfing feature, would it make sense to have a microformat in the profile instead of having the profile page generated out of the profile data? Could be. I'll meditate about it.