Distributed social networks, a primer

In the article, “Portable Social Networks, The Building Blocks Of A Social Web“, Ben Ward presents a nice introduction to the concepts and technology behind DSNs including microformats such as hCard and XFN. The article goes on to discuss OAuth, OpenID and has some implementation tips. This is an area that is likely to become very important in the next 12-18 months (if not sooner).

The Collaboration and Content Strategies Blog over at Burton Group has a nice piece by Mike Gotta on this article too.

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