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posted by finite (8 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
Awesome.
posted by koeselitz at 11:52 PM on March 13, 2010


That caught my eye too, koeselitz. Looks like a little mathowie or cortex or pb in the making.
posted by amyms at 11:57 PM on March 13, 2010


Nice to see people organizing around the idea of "host your own" Web 2.0 analogs. There's no reason why Facebook, twitter, Flickr and other sites couldn't just operate as self-hosted applications, complete with point 'n' click software installations if people were motivated to make them. Hosting prices are dropping quick, and I doubt the cost would exceed a few a few dollars a year for most users. The only reason server administration is a pain is because it's generally not worthwhile to spend time on nice GUIs and install systems.

Except no ads -> no revenue -> no programmers. That's really the problem that needs to be solved for this to take off.

Also this doesn't look like Unbuntu to me... hypocrites!
posted by delmoi at 12:00 AM on March 14, 2010


nsfw
posted by koeselitz at 3:18 AM on March 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's no reason why Facebook, twitter, Flickr and other sites couldn't just operate as self-hosted applications, complete with point 'n' click software installations if people were motivated to make them.

I'm already doing this for RSS readers (that is, hosting it so I can reach it from the Internet). Status.net/identi.ca replaces twitter. I know there are Facebook replacements out there, but I haven't looked into them.
posted by DU at 5:50 AM on March 15, 2010


Holy crap, that Graffiti Analysis thing is great!
posted by joedan at 10:48 AM on March 15, 2010


Except no ads -> no revenue -> no programmers. That's really the problem that needs to be solved for this to take off.

A ton of web 2.0 was built on venture capital with the -expectation- of advertising or some future paying model to be determined once the VC dollars rolled in: twitter continues to employ programmers, etc.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:09 PM on March 15, 2010


:)
posted by finite at 3:23 PM on March 24, 2010


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