Do a billion people have interesting things to say to each other?

I am a fan of twitter.  They have invented a category- microblogging. The beauty of twitter is its public nature, and it allows people to do trend mining.

On the other hand,  most interesting things are said when there is some expectation of privacy.  A micro blogging site which will enforce rule and role based security may persuade people to increase the number of microblogs they by one or two orders of magnitude. Many who have never microblogged may be persuaded to do so.

ow many more tweets would people at a conference like VMWorld would be willing to put, if they were restricted to a select group of friends. There was ways of achieving it, but none are satisfactorily friendly and powerful.

What is needed is an ability to define “Circles”- my inner circle of friends may get microblogs about politics- I may not want all my friends, or my work colleagues  to know about the microblogs.   People have strong views on many subjects that they need to share to a select group of people. This can easily be implemented using XACML and role and rule based security.

I would like a micro blogging site in which I can open my heart, and share my innermost thoughts.  Without fear of it becoming public.  At a more prosaic level,  a secure private micro blogging site may offer benefits to businesses and enhance communication.

Women are concerned about security, and therefore are reticent to do any significant micro blogging.  Geeks may think that publishing your GPS coordinates is cool, most women do not. On the other hand, many women would like a select group of people to know their location.

Twitter(or Microblogging) is  expected to  reach  a billion registered users in the future.  Scalability challenges of a site  like this are enormous.  Creating an affordable solution that will work at Internet scale for something like this- It is a problem worth discussing.

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Published in: on September 4, 2009 at 8:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

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