posted on Apr, 14 2018 @ 08:07 AM
So watching the hearing with Zuck, it is clear that there needs to be an alternative to Facebook that can directly compete with it. This is no small
task but it is also fairly easy to achieve with a little work. Facebook allows you to download all your information which I am guessing is in a
single file. This is common for many software applications like Outlook where all the data is saved and can be extracted into other programs and used
just as it was in Outlook. Also, internet forums and blogs are the same, you can download the entire content of these sites and transfer them to new
platforms in the same manner. The same can be done with the Facebook information when there is a software program setup to extract the information.
What I suggest is that people host their own data to an extent on their own ISP connection. This can be done on software on a computer or even
better, on the router. A secure section of the router can be designated a host for the data and it would be very easy to update from your home
connection. It would also be accessible from outside the network (with proper password or VPN connection, there can be very strict security protocols
set up if you like) and if you have a dynamic DNS, then a built in program like DynDNS can be used to track where your IP is (this has been around for
about 15+ years and is extremely reliable), if you have a static IP, then it is even easier.
I would suggest that the ISP's create servers to host this social media contant, similar to how they host email addresses. They should provide an
alloted amount of storage per account and offer more storage for XX$ per month (like an extra 20-50Gb of storage for $5). Then the ISP hosting
program talks to your router or software program and updates their servers with the current information. When it is updated on the router, it sends a
message to the ISP server to update their servers. If a person doesn't have a router or software to host their files, then it could be done through
the ISP servers directly, say if you only have a phone and an internet connection, you log in with your phone and update the file.
This social media account would work basically like a cross between a forum account and an email account (there could even be integration of a forum,
email and messaging in the platform if the ISP wanted). This software could be used the same, as long as protocols were used across each ISP, where
standard logins could be used for all forums that link back to your ISP social media account.
Now each ISP would need a way to link with each other and create an aggregate "member list" which is searchable. The content of each ISP would be
transferred in a standardized data format which is then transported to the client (user/viewer) where they view the data in their own software/skin
unique to their own liking. It takes standardized data formats and then personalizes the way it is displayed to the unique settings that each user
has for displaying this content.
All of this is much more simple than it sounds as there are MANY programs that already do this exact thing, but they just need to be modified to
handle the specific data used in social networking.
Now the only sticking point would be the aggragate server, which would be the hub where all the data of the ISP's servers would connect. This server
would hold the "metadata" of all the individual accounts and this data would be easily searchable. These servers wouldn't need to be massive like
an entire server farm or anything and this could be paid for through advertising on a VERY minimal scale or even something like a $.20 per user world
wide (and I expect that would be 40-80x more than what is needed if there are 2 billion users of Facebook).
For those who ask about the cost of hosting this data, it would depend on how much content each user want's to have hosted and how much each account
is used. I'd say 99%+ users to be negligible and on par with an average email account, then you have the "power users" that may have 10-20x the
traffic and content. Most of these can be offset buy the users who don't use social media and those who use it minimally. The users who are Uber
users, with millions of followers and massive amounts of traffic, like celebrities, then they should have to have special accounts created
specifically for this (as it would protect their users data as well). these could be billed just like a hosting account at $5-100 per month,
depending on how much content they want on their page. Remember, these are VERY few people, less that .001% of users and these people are making
money from these accounts so it is acceptable for them to pay for the service.
This would be a fairly easy project to roll out if the ISP's aggreed and I think there are ways to make this more appealing to the ISP's and have
them willingly implement this program. I'd be willing to start a kickstarter or gofundme project to get something like this rolling if people like
this idea and think this sounds like a plausible path to move away from facebook. This could even intregrate with facebook where they could serve
these ISP hosted files as a service as well, if people wanted to still use the facebook front end. Then there could be other companies that have
their own interface and front end that act as access ports as well in addition to a stand alone client web browser hosted front end. This would allow
for as many companies as people want to access the content, which is hosted "independently" of the big social media companies.
Please let me hear your feedback.