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=== The Implementation Brainstorm ===
 
=== The Implementation Brainstorm ===
 
Let's see some user interface suggestions for sites to simply ''import'' or, even better ''subscribe to'':
 
Let's see some user interface suggestions for sites to simply ''import'' or, even better ''subscribe to'':
* your [[hcard|hCard]] from your URL (blog, profile from another service etc.)
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* your [[hcard|hCard]] from your URL (blog, or any of several [[hcard-supporting-profiles|hcard supporting profile services]] etc.)
 
** [http://getsatisfaction.com/people/new Satisfaction Inc. now has a user interface for importing hCards] as [http://microformats.org/blog/2007/06/21/microformatsorg-turns-2/ described on the microformats blog].
 
** [http://getsatisfaction.com/people/new Satisfaction Inc. now has a user interface for importing hCards] as [http://microformats.org/blog/2007/06/21/microformatsorg-turns-2/ described on the microformats blog].
 
* your list of [[xfn|XFN]] contacts, acquaintances, friends etc. again from your URL (blog, etc.)
 
* your list of [[xfn|XFN]] contacts, acquaintances, friends etc. again from your URL (blog, etc.)

Revision as of 01:27, 29 July 2007

Social Network Portability

One of several user-inteface ideas and suggestions for working with microformats.

The Problem

Why is it that every single social network community site makes you:

  • re-enter all your personal profile info (name, email, birthday, URL etc.)
  • re-add all your friends

?

In addition, why do I have to:

  • re-turn off notifications
  • re-specify privacy preferences
  • re-block negative people

?

AKA "social network fatigue problem" and "social network update/maintenance problem".

The Goals

When you join a new site, you should be able to import or preferably subscribe to

  • your profile information
  • your social network

from any existing profile of yours.

In addition it would be nice if preferences around:

  • notifications
  • privacy

also transferred between profiles.

The Implementation Brainstorm

Let's see some user interface suggestions for sites to simply import or, even better subscribe to:

Discussion and suggestions

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Social Network Portability FAQ

  • Doesn't OpenID address the re-enter all your personal profile info problem?
    • No it does not. OpenID is fundamentally about proving to one site that you own or control another particular URL. Nothing more. All the profile stuff is extra and even then the specific property set is unspecified in OpenID. That's where hCard comes in. hCard specifies a vocabulary of personal profile info (name, email, birthday, URL etc.) based on industry standard vCard. And in fact that's all you need to solve the "re-enter all your personal info" problem for public sites - no need to authenticate public URLs via OpenID, just read them and parse their hCard(s).

See also