Building the next generation open social network platform using open standards ..

It was a pleasure to meet Dan Brickley creator of FOAF in Cork at the web camp 2008 event where we both gave the keynote.

After our talk, Dan and I were discussing the following question.

If you were to build a next generation open social network platform from scratch today, which open standards would you include from the ground up? (BTW, this is a non mobile discussion i.e. we are talking purely of web standards although the discussion has obvious repercussions for Mobile)

Here is our list. Can you add more?







What else?

Any comments welcome


  1. saran says:

    apml – user attrention
    opml – subsription
    MicroID – content ownership

  2. Ajit Jaokar says:

    Thanks Saran. This is good! rgds Ajit

  3. Scott Mace says:

    CalDAV – calendar sharing
    Free/busy URL – subset of CalDAV being developed by CalConnect

  4. Paul Golding says:

    Interesting topic Ajit. Lots of potential open standards for this. We could also ask what are the key requirements for open SN platforms and see which standards map onto that. Data portability is a key requirement, not just open APIs. They aren’t necessarily the same thing.

  5. Uldis Bojars says:

    It was good to see you at BlogTalk.
    You can add SIOC [ ] to the mix. It’s a format for representing user-generated content (social objects) and comes in handy when expressing content created by people on social networking platforms.
    SIOC works well together with FOAF:

  6. Ajit Jaokar says:

    Good to meet you too uldis.
    Agree Paul – social network portability is a big issue and on my radar. Hope you are enjoying California weather! rgds Ajit