jamescarlyle <jamescarlyle at t...>
jamescarlyle at t...
Wed Dec 18 20:21:10 UTC 2002
Sorry, this reply to Leigh's posting bounced so it's being posted out
of sequence. I'll also take this opportunity to say that I
vehermently oppose spamming people (and that's why I made the point
about the negative feedback of SixDegrees users on F***ed Co.), but
viral marketing is not synonymous with spam. To me viral marketing
is _just_ a way of building social/information systems that encourage
people to participate.
> > But what about something slightly less intrusive, such as a simple
> > application that notified an existing FOAF publisher that someone
> > had nominated them as a friend and would they like to reciprocate?
> Not sure if this is what you mean, but I'm intending to add
> Friends" feature to the FOAF-a-Matic Mark 2 which will allow you to
> email those people you're listing as friends to let them know that
> a. you're created a FOAF description, and
> b. you've listed them
Partly what I meant. I have created a FOAF document, listing e.g. DJ
Adams, who I used to eat sandwiches with, but he doesn't list me in
his FOAF document because either a) he dislikes me :-), or b) he
doesn't know that I am interested in FOAF and want to be part of the
FOAF community. My suggestion is an app that looks out for one way
linkages and suggests the reverse to the "linked to" so that they
become a "linked from", gently encouraging a more complete picture.
The difference with FOAF-a-matic is that it would be a service
independant of the creation tool, and that it would only traverse
within the existing FOAF network, i.e. not send email to people
outside the FOAF network, in order to limit perceived "spam". This
depends on how quickly the founders want the network to grow (back to
my question 0).
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