Some of the issues addressed are being addressed, some are original – I hope.
Data Ownership – Data ownership should remain and always remain the property of the individual. Issues of data ownership need to be addressed strongly going forward, no company has the right to own my data. I may grant them permission to loan it temporarily for purposes that are for my benefit, or theirs if I am feeling altruistic, but the right to use my data for a third party should be revocable at any time.
Data Portability/Migration – Likewise an extension of the above, I should be able to transfer and make my data accessible to third parties with ease. I shouldn’t have to be duplicating forms all the time.
Aggregation – Related largely to data portability, if we are to successfully aggregate our online data into one destination we must first address the issue above. I believe that this issue of Data Ownership and Portability is one that may require legal intervention.
NB. Given it’s importance to society – ie. the benefits that the government and communities can derive from access to their collective data sets, this should be the direction that the government is moving in. Not ID cards. The fear comes from a centralised system of Data Ownership by “the man”, and bureaucratic flaws in the system. If the Data is owned by the individual, then loaned or displayed when it is to their benefit, it is a more publicly acceptable solution. Of course there are still issues of security, but the issue is transferred to the individual through their choice.
Selective Sharing – It is imperative that users are able to control what aspects of their data are seen and by whom, an individual should be able to create and share multiple profiles with different groups of people within their social sphere.
Data Relevance – As the amount of information about us, and our interests increase it’s imperative that we are able to view what is most relevant to us, and also how people are relevant to us, these common threads encourage communication and sharing of knowledge.
Passive profile building – the more information we have in a system that connects us to the world, the more we should benefit. However building profiles is a largely navel gazing process at the moment, and requires much effort. The ability to add tags of relevance with the minimum of effort (say a right mouse click) would enable people to increase their information with ease.
Tag Flavours – Being able to have positive and negative tags, tags for desires etc. would increase data relevance
Taggregation – Linking and grouping of tags, to ensure that data and information can be clustered and that using exact language isn’t required to reveal the information of most benefit. My speculation, Original Use
Knowledge Distillation, Aggregation and other methods of data treatment
Simplicity/Ease – Obvious really, but amazing again how many networks miss the point at the design stage, intuitive sites are still few and far between.
People central systems – systems should be organized around the people not the portal. We have missed the point largely as we adapt and adopt new tools of communication. We have the system backwards. I.e. Going into mail, or skype, or IM, or phone, then choosing the contact, rather than going to the contact and then selecting the means of communication. Systems should be designed around people and groups of people, the tools come second to the people not the other way around.
Browser Integration, sharing is central to social networking, browser integration that allows users to easily share information and links would encourage sharing of knowledge between different peer groups.
Time based communication tools – the ability to filter information and data flow by time of day relating to mindset (ie. business, social), would reduce opportunities for distraction in the work place. Also would enable users to “switch off” at the end of the day.
Location – Both in time and space the addition of real time and projected mapping of individuals in time and space will create efficient means of meeting, spontaneous groupings and social gatherings, not to mention the opportunities for new forms of logistics and distribution networks.
Manufactured Serendipity – Utilising information gathered through social networking systems combined with mobile location technologies to highlight the relevance of individuals close to you. Sparking opportunities for conversation.
Real world social integration – The key goal of social networking tools, should ultimately be to facilitate and encourage the building of real world relationships and communities.