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    Ben Catlin

    I would love to see someone run down the different projects going after this. Because this landscape is going to get crowded quickly.

    Particularly OneSocialWeb, which is XMPP-based, vs. the traditional http-based projects out there.

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    I’m really hopeful that any of these devs manage to put something together that finds a sweet spot that can actually be adopted by 400 million people. Ditto on Twitter.

    Here’s to federated online communication!

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    Gina Trapani

    @Ben: It’s interesting to me that OneSocialWeb is using XMPP like Google Wave is. A few folks have said that the XMPP requirement is a bad thing because it’s too complex, that everything should just be HTTP. Yet, from what I understand, XMPP enables realtime interaction more easily.

    @Adam: Here’s to federation indeed! Seriously, I cannot wait to see SOMEBODY make it with a federated app. Google’s trying with Wave, but it would be even better if it was a small startup like these students.

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    Elliot Betancourt

    I wonder if any of these efforts are being backed by a company with deeper pockets. It would certainly be in Google / Yahoo / MSN, etc.’s benefits for a federated alternative to facebook to rise up. At the moment, facebook has a great deal of control over the current generation of user generated content. De-centralizing that control would be very beneficial to the search giants.

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    I’ve had enough and moved my stuff over to http://www.folkdirect.com – seems cool so far and the main thing is they have built it from the ground up with privacy at the top of the agenda. Good functionality.

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    Jason Scott

    Technically, Wong was an ex-facebook employee.

    Next, I wouldn’t listen to what Wong had to say, having, you know, WORKED AT FACEBOOK and all – Facebook doesn’t care about a lot of things that Diaspora obviously cares about, and they will do what they do over the summer and there you go.

    It’s not Clever to interface with Facebook except to have a “click this and yank all your crap off of Facebook and delete your Facebook” button. I’ll gladly accept that.

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