The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 09:40:11 AM on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
  • You have become lost and disoriented.
  • You are not sure where to log in and where to create a new account.
  • You are unsure what to do with all this content you have published and gathered over the past year to longer.
  • Where did your friends go?
  • Will you be able to find them?
  • Could you make new friends?
  • Holy crap I lost my status as king of that network !!

You are now officially a refugee from a closed and shuttered social network and an immediate sufferer to Virtual Gratification Syndrome (VGS).  The recent closing of Pownce prompted me to consider this emerging area.  Many people are currently being left stranded without a home after their social network folds and closes or worse yet moves to some bizarre paid account scenario when everyone thought it would be ad supported at best.

So what happens to your content?  You either find some way to download and export it, have it already saved locally and have to re-import or another site comes along and offers a migration toolset to get you on to their platform.  This goes back to something I have been preaching about data stability (announcement coming shortly in that area).
  • What responsibility does the network have to give us notice and proper access to obtain our data that has been entered?
  • I am not just talking pictures and stuff, but the relationships we have created and the links to these people?
  • Should the networks be held responsible to provide the proper tools to export our content?
  • Should the networks be responsible to give us a mapping of our social connections on that network?
  • Should the networks provide some form of public statement on what will happen with our data stored on their servers?  Is the server data and all bakcups destroyed?  Is it transferred to some new site or company that buys them?  Can they sell the names?

The lack of publicly produced documentation is staggering across all of the sites that are closing.  Does anyone see the need for some form of formal policy from these providers?

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