IT Pro Impact: Musubi Brings Openness to Mobile Social Networking
Open Social Networks
The problem with today's social networks, and the increasing array of collaborative applications built on top of them, is that they're closed, proprietary systems. That's in (unflattering) contrast to open, standards-based communication and application protocols, where it doesn't matter if I’m on AT&T and you're on Verizon, we can still talk and text. Social networking and collaboration today require that we all use the same cloud-based system. Not only is this a threat to privacy, since Facebook or Twitter has access to everything users upload, it also leads to lock-in since it's impossible to take an archive of my postings, pictures and social connections from one service to another. Our point is that social networks are today’s version of AOL and CompuServe, not the Web and SMTP email--a service model that's in conflict with the open, standards-based Internet. Furthermore, even though they've evolved to support mobile devices, today's social services were designed for the era of PC-based Web browsers, not handheld smartphone apps.
If you're thinking, "There must be a better way," you're right. In this report we'll examine some groundbreaking research aimed at bringing openness to social networking on mobile devices. Technology coming out of Stanford's Mobile and Social Computing Lab is creating a new generation of inherently mobile, open, secure and extensible social software platforms and clients. (S4710312)