[LINK] RFC: 'Consumer-Oriented Social Media'

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Feb 12 17:28:37 AEDT 2014

As I read the paper, I formed the conclusion that the context was 
constrained to commerce.

The definition of business model in section 2.2 is couched in terms of  
'profitable and sustainable revenue streams' and 'The widespread 
understanding is that "social networking sites can generate revenues 
through advertising, subscription, and transaction models" '

You do refer to government, however it is not clear if you are including 
governments as primary users of social media or as a provider of 
infrastructure, acquirers of information from social media sites and 
developers of laws and regulations within which social media may operate.

I suggest it would be very useful if you included business models for 
government as well as commerce. Including government as both a 
participant and regulator of the social media eco-system is of course 
problematic, but that's the real world.

And I don't see why A Social Network Users' Bill of Rights should not 
apply equally to government as well as commerce, although government may 
claim that in certain cases you should have one and only one identity 
that you cannot revoke. Now there's a can of nematodes.

If you do decide to broaden the scope to include government, then maybe 
the word "consumer" is not the best, although governments do like to 
think of themselves as providers of services which get consumed by the 

On 12/02/2014 2:25 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
> As always, constructively negative feedback gratefully received!
>            The Prospects for Consumer-Oriented Social Media
>              http://www.rogerclarke.com/II/COSM-1402.html
> The term 'social media' refers to a cluster of applications and
> online services that support human interaction and content
> broadcasting and sharing. Current services are isolated islands or
> 'walled gardens', and are based on a business model that is highly
> exploitative of individuals and their data. An alternative,
> consumer-oriented approach is feasible, involving open architecture,
> inter-operability and portability features, fair terms and
> privacy-sensitivity. Key impediments to the emergence of such
> services are identified, and means of overcoming the impediments are
> outlined.



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