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4 Apps that are similar to sudoSocial

Update: Belorussian translation of this post is available thanks to Martha Ruszkowski.

Streams are so pervasive and so slippery, it’s easy to think that our goal in building sudoSocial is to build an “X” Killer.

Here are 4 applications that we’re not setting out to build:

A FriendFeed Killer

Cliqset, Jaiku, Google Buzz, Sweetcron, Pubwich, and other lifestreaming socialnetworks are pretty dope and I’ve followed this space for several years. I use them. I love them. But, it is possible none of these applications will ever achieve mainstream adoption, because they are hyper geeky. (That’s okay, it’s fun to live in the future).

Facebook’s “news” feature is a lifestreaming service for mainstream audiences. And they are killing it [sic].

Okay, kinda

I want to see more self-hosted lifestreams. I want to see them heavily customized by look and feel, through backend code, etc. I think that lifestreams could be the QBasic of the iPad generation.

A Facebook Killer

There is a lot of energy around creating a massive new suite of de-centralized, but integrated apps to replace Facebook. Candidates include:

I’d put established projects like Status.net and Drupal on the short list of hopefuls. This is a very exciting space, but sudoSocial is from the unix tradition of small tools that do one thing extremely well.

Okay, kinda

I think we have to chip away at de-centralizing the web (Facebook Like buttons arggh).

Once decentralized socialnetworking standards are baked, sudoSocial simply has to honor and champion them.

0.1 supports OpenID and I’m looking forward to Salmon, XAuth or other cross application protocols for solving the Commenting and Liking problems.

If I could harness the energy around the Dispora project, I’d channel it into creating new social networking protocols for strengthening the OpenWeb.

A Google Reader Killer

Content aggregation is pervasive. Feed readers were the first killer app for syndicated website content. We are not trying to build one of these guys.
The cutting edge here is things like Feedly or TwitterTim.es which try to cut down on information overload. It’s done via metadata and algorithms to determine which entries should rise above the noise.

Okay, kinda

With the sudoSocial platform, it should be possible to create something like Atul’s daily edition, which is a private stream of must read entries.

Classic Lifestream Killer

I guess you can’t have a “Classic Lifestream Killer”, since that category has never had a 800 lbs gorilla. I’m talking about the Freeman/Gelernter style lifestreaming application, something like MylifeBits. It would organize repositories of your entire digital life. Not tryin’a build it.

Okay, kinda

You will (eventually) be able to bulk import and export your data from sudoSocial, so this might be a good net to start fishing for your lifestream with.

Why not?

Each of these 4 applications are a massive pile of work. To deliver a polished and usable product they are millions of person hours to build from scratch.

I’ve asked myself… What is a reasonably sized community project that could create a tool that doesn’t already exist?

We’ve got some amazing Free/Open Source web applications. I think a missing piece is a mainstream publishing platform for streams, which allow you to curate content from across the web. It’s a tool that would compliment a webstack built out of WordPress + Disqus + Plone, etc.

What are the goals that shape this project?

  • Promote the OpenWeb
  • Empower Individual to curate and publish their streams
  • Promote awareness of privacy issues
  • Explore how to do Free/Open Source cloud computing
  • Expand the diversity of the Mozilla Community

Wow, that is kind of a mouth full. Ya, trying to keep it small and simple.

Hey, But we should really build X!

This is what sudoSocial means to me, but I can’t do anything without your help. What strikes you fancy? Where do you want to take it next?

3 Responses to “4 Apps that are similar to sudoSocial”

Mozilla Labs Launches “sudosocial.me”, a Life Stream Website | thoughts on mozilla - 01/06/10
[...] team, announced a new site he’s been working on called “sudosocial.me“.  On his personal blog, King also discusses how sudosocial.me is not unlike many other websites out there, but that [...]
Mozilla unveils sudosocial.me, a stream publishing platform for profile pages « Morgan and Me | Intuitive Design & Strategy - 04/06/10
[...] Mozilla announced sudosocial.me on Tuesday as a new experiment in the Mozilla Labs Concept Series. The service is aimed at helping you create your own profile page on the web that aggregates your feeds and information from other places, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other service that sends information via RSS feeds. Put simply, it’s a distributed lifestream like NoseRub and other similar apps. [...]
Chris Funderburg - 05/06/10
Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't you trying to build what http://flavors.me/ already is?