November 23, 2010

Is it Too Late For an Open Source Challenge to Facebook?

If you're like most people, you're spending a lot more time on social networks than you ever did before. Perhaps you use the open source social networking solutions, such as identi.ca, but, more likely, you use Facebook, Twitter and the other social networking tools that are currently driven by mass contagion. This week, none other than the founder of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, pronounced that social networks are a "threat to the web." Is he right?

"Large social-networking sites are walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the web," Berners-Lee said in a Scientific American journal article. As Network World reports, Berners-Lee even singled out Facebook, LinkedIn and Friendster as examples of what he means.

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