11 Jul 2007 robogato   » (Master)

Advogato Status Report

New mod_virgule code is live on Advogato. See the changelog for the details.

More minor bugs fixes. The aggregator should do a better job now of rejecting dupes from feeds that retroactively alter the post date on blog entries. The no_cache and no_local_copy flags in the Apache request records are now set for logouts to prevent browsers from caching old logout results and to prevent the server from sending a 304. This was preventing some Galeon users (and possibly other browsers) from logging out.

I replaced the social bookmarking test links on the article pages with a fully functional social bookmarking tool, linked from the standard "share this" icon. The share link is now available on project and profile pages as well as on articles. If someone has a favorite social bookmarking service that's not listed yet, let me know and I'll add it.

Time has been a scare resource for me lately, so progress through the ToDo list has been slower. More updates as time allows and, as always, patches are welcome.

Social Networking

Google sponsered a CMU project last year to study and reinvent online social networking. The result was Socialstream, a design concept based on the idea of a Unified Social Network (USN). A lot of what they came up sounds similar to what the semantic web folks are working on with OpenID and formats such as FOAF and DOAP. Basically, they're suggesting that social network sites standardize on a data sharing format that would allow them easily interact with each other and become part of a larger network of sites.

The project also did some interesting research, ranging from social networking theory and taxonomy to identifying common complaints about social networking sites and desirable features. They also researched who uses social networks and broke down the results into archetypical user types. The researchers also created a video demo of the Socialstream concept site. Some of the ideas they mention are already in Advogato or are on the ToDo list. I think there are plenty of other ideas here we can incorporate into Advogato as well.

Trust/Authority Metrics

Someone pointed out a link to an article by Michael Jensen in the Chronical Review: The New Metrics of Scholarly Authority. It talks a lot about Web 2.0 authority models. It mentions the Google PageRank system but, oddly, leaves out any mention of the mod_virgule trust metrics implemented on Advogato. Still, it's an interesting read.

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