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Social Networking startup looking for freelance PHP, MySQL, & AJAX coder that's fast, reliable, and currently available to work on a unique project to architect a system where people can share "short stories" within the site's community and/or with a select group of "Friends" or contacts that they follow in the site's network.

Each "story" would be open to "reviews" and contributing to a set of statistics based on words that appear in the stories on the site. Ability to link user accounts with Facebook IDs through Facebook Connect or the Facebook API is key.

This would be a two-phase project ideally lasting no longer than 2 months. Phase One would net result in a $2000-$3000 payout depending on experience or arrangement made prior to work commencing. (The more fast and proficient the coder, the higher the rate of pay for the less time it takes to complete required tasks and milestones.)

This project can guarantee a degree of fun and prestige, despite the vagueness in description, the founders (coming from acclaimed Harry Potter fansites "MuggleNet and "The Leaky Cauldron") are assured that the idea in its entirety is presently unique. They're looking for someone to help get it off the ground and, ideally, an architect who would stay on an as-needed, contractual basis to keep it running as necessary.

Contact john@essentialhype.com with a resume, portfolio or examples of previous work and references. If lacking any of those, email what you've got and they'll make a decision based on that.
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Deja vu all over again.

Please forgive the spelling/grammar etc as I'm doing this on the phone but if I wait to get these words out it will take too long.

The gist.

Facebook's Terms of Service now say something to the effect of as of Feb 4th if you close your account, we reserve the right to keep and use any content left on it forever.

It used to say we can use anything io until an expiration date.. This is the big change. I need to check this more thoroughly when I get home and will add in links.

I see a lot of posts similar to the fear of the Russian takeover of LJ. People leaving and deleting their accounts and planning to.

My point is this:

We as Facebook users made it what it is. We created and built the networks by inviting our friends, family and collegues. We built the content by posting notes, items, photos, videos and to walls. We populated the various apps and games with tons of information and, in many cases, built tons of apps using Facebook's proprietary. Platform.
We connected Facebook to our Livejournals, Flickr, Gmail, picasa, Mobile phones, Pandora, Last.FM, Twitter, LinkedIn and hundreds of other Web 2.0 accounts using apps. What about that data ?

For all intents and purposes, we made Facebook what it is. Can it no longer sustain itself in this economy on the ad model? Then say so. Do they need to charge a fee or find some means of funding usage? Then say so. Don't claim to own my intellectual property and memories due to a TOSs just because you want to lock me in for fear of gods know what.

To the people leaving, I understand. But I do suggest before you do, please take the time to write a well-thought out note to Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg and anyone else there telling them your reasons in great detail and, if comfortable, Post it in public for all to read. Include the phrase "Facebook doesn't own my Digital Lifestream" perhaps as a means of finding these posts.

But I also encourage you to stay. Spend the next few days educating your friends with intelligent articles and commentary on what Facebook is doing and why it is wrong. Encourage them to posy and diseminate this meme of information on why owning your digital lifestream (or whatever you want to call it) for the purposes of resale and reuse to anyone and everyone is wrong. Then encourage them to read the TOS themself and submit feedback to Facebook via the feedback link.

Since we built this several million strong network of contacts, we can also communicate to this Global Frequency and hope they too will demand recognition for what we created. We ackowledge the Facebook platform and architecture has presently won the social network war but that does not mean they own the civilian casualties and spoils.
If in the end change does not happen, Facebook does not change the TOS, join and show a firm, active and quick commitment to the Open Web Initiative, or show some other acknowledgement of their members' contribution only then, perhaps, would I suggest everyone backup what they can and leave to whatever enclaves they can find.

Facebook took no such pledge of "Do No Evil" and this never set any expectations of such.
One would hope they'd have a desire to set an example.

As you're spreading the word, keep in mind Facebook has a great many famous and powerful figures in acting, music, business, technology, and politics.

One point that occurred to me is that I wonder with President Obama utilizing YouTube to communicate to his employees and so heavily utilizing Facebook for his campaign, how he would feel about a company stating that they own any and all content of his citizens and constituents lives for reuse and resale at well whether they pot out through deletion or not.

What I fear is everything privacy locked. Does that mean Facebook owns all that as well?

I wonder what all those celebrities who brought their social network to Facebook think about that.

Spread the word and educate.
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I so should be going to bed instead of writing this but I've been trying to get this out of my head since at least Monday and having no success whatsoever.

Techno-futuristic transhumanist daydreaming

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I posted something about this over on Ask.Mefi but I had absolutely no takers - I was pretty surprised.

I was playing around with one of my social network accounts, (believe it or not I can't remember which at this point), and noticed I could "import" contacts and see who from my contact list was already a member. I could also "export" existing friends as a CSV file. So, I went around to all my old accounts - LinkedIn, MySpace, Orkut, etc. and downloaded the contacts into my address aggregator of choice, culled duplicates and exported to a CSV.

Then I went around to all the social networks I had accounts on to try and import said addresses and see who already had an account. Facebook worked, was able to add a few more contacts to LinkedIn and even the newer Trusted Opinion. MySpace's is not working and I got a note back from their Tech Support stating such.

I made a huge gaff with YouTube. It said "import your contact list" so I did - thinking that it would THEN let me choose to send invites or, hopefully, show who I already knew that had accounts. Well, it auto-invited all 500+ contacts without giving me any sort of second step. Awful!

I've been pretty tired after work this week so I may have missed it but I've been surprised that there isn't a way to do this with Friendster, Flickr and even LiveJournal. I'd like to see more integrated features like this in Amazon, Last.fm and TV.com as well. It would be cool to allow additional sites like MetaFilter and IMDB to do this but they don't really have a "friend" setup. I was also very surprised to see that PeopleAggregator didn't let me do this - Marc Canter, what's up?!?

All this came about when I started using Twitter this week. Many of you know I'm the first to signup on nearly any Social Network just to see if they've hit that magic combination. Well, magic for me anyway. I have been bummed that to add any more friends to Twitter that I'd have to manually go through every email address and see who of my friends had an account. Dodgeball is another phone-based social service I'd have to do this with.

Here's the magic combo -

1. Allow people to choose to be publicly findable or not

2. Allow people to import their contact list from Plaxo, Yahoo! CSV, Outlook CSV, GMail, Hotmail etc to see who from their list ALREADYhas an account on said social network.

3. In addition to checking names and email addresses, based on the privacy settings of that user, check phone numbers (especially for mobile SNs like Twitter and Dodgeball), Web site URLs and IM nicknames.

4. Allow that person to then choose whether they want to invite friends NOT already on the network.

5. Offer to "alert" the user anytime someone matching their contact info shows up on that network.

6. Allow people to export their contacts in various CSV formats.

7. While I'm at it, allow me to take IM nicknames people have and auto-add them to my own YIM, AIM, GTalk, LJTalk, Skype, MSN, Jabber and ICQ accounts.

Here's what Social Networks are STILL missing IMNSHO:

1. Ability to choose a category to put your contact in. Flickr has very basic categories like Friends and Family. Orkut goes a little further and probably has most of the relationships in the RDF relationship schema. Facebook has a strange but somewhat standard set, as does PeopleAggregator.

2. What about allowing people to create their own groups ala LiveJournal and Orkut and then control which groups/types get to see what? Relationships + Trust.

Add a little encryption to ensure the trust is truly there and people wouldn't be so hesitant to join social networks. People would put much more of their info online if they knew they could control and define who got to see what.

That is the pipe dream...but first just allow me to see who that I know is already a part of these networks. Then we can begin to build our networks much faster.


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