Peer to Peer Social Media
What if there was a new social media system that was not based on one giant site, but a symbiotic relationship between individual sites? The answer is a peer to peer social network. Instead of massive central management and capricious modifications to privacy settings, advertising channels and exposure to the web, each individual site is completely configurable and not connected to a giant cloud.
According to the Zeitgeist hypothesis, all life is emergent and symbiotic. Neither occurs in isolation. Each web site is an individual organism if you will, that can reach out and touch, connect with and collaborate with other “life forms”, or web sites. Each site maintains its own database, which is private and cannot be poached or mined by any third party, unless the user desires that.
The underlying principle is that each site, or life, is honorable and worthy of respect. Those sites that don’t act in that manner can be disconnected from by other sites. The degree to which a site can be exposed or shielded must be very granular.
There is a possibility that societies will form, and they may become toxic and use political pressure against members of one sort or another. There has to be considered and some answer formulated for the cases where this develops. We cannot risk alienating individuals if people are ganging up on them.
The symbiotic relationships have to be meaningful. On LinkedIn and Facebook, connecting with or making a friend is practically meaningless. Same thing with Google +. The idea of the circles is interesting but effectively the same as connections and friends. Publishing feed items from other’s posts is not collaboration; it is just a scrolling bulletin board of nonsense.
Let’s assume I only want to set up my site as a regular “web site” and not use it for anything else. It can do what a WordPress or Drupal site can do, show content and multiple media types. But, if I would like to invite collaboration, then I can send up a “flare” that I am inviting potential members into a collaborative effort. This can be volunteer or paid.
You see, I want this new social media system to allow creative individuals to showcase their accomplishments. I want this network to create a resource for progressive employers to assemble teams of people that they want to engage for some purpose, and preferably this is gainful employment, not a $10 per hour Elance job.
These individuals are motivated, not afraid to experiment, productive and driven. Most of them have been put out of work by profiteers who don’t care how they gut their own companies and their countries. Now there will be a mechanism for these people who have been lost and forgotten to return to a creative, remunerated way of life.
One problem to consider is the natural formation of groups; however they come together and are organized. Most “groups” on social media sites are simply a way to aggregate and distribute discussions via email to group members. There are usually no group projects, with attendant benefits for participation and completion. There arises a need for a group to adopt a “contract”, or “constitution” for their activities. We should have standard contracts that group members have with the group and other members.
Group contracts are important because there has to be a method and structure for getting things done. Also, if companies will hire from the guild, they have to know that the internal structure of the group is cohesive and will serve their needs. Why? Because then they know members are all involved, motivated and will make good employees, and by good employees we mean driven, motivated and hard working. Also, employers have to know that if they don’t treat their new hires correctly, the employee is still a member of the guild and can search for employment (if they choose) elsewhere.