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GNU social: next steps

by peterb Contributions Published on Jun 16, 2010 02:51 PM
Yesterday evening, a group of core GNU social developers had the opportunity to meet with Blaine Cook, of OAuth fame. In the midst of figuring out the plan for moving ahead with GNU social, Blaine was able to provide the group with a tremendous amount of insight into useful approaches for controlling privacy in distributed social networks.

During the meeting, a short todo list comprising the agenda for the next few weeks was created. This list can be found at

As this list shows, the two most important pieces to work on at this point are the relationship manager and preliminary design mockups. The relationship manager will serve as a plugin to control access lists for your content on the network, and will serve as a basis for all of the other GNU social plugins. Design mockups are necessary to nail down the default look and feel GNU Social should have, as well as lay the foundation for changes which must be made to the stock StatusNet views. Once these two things are implemented, GNU social can begin working on the individual plugins, such as federated private messaging, photo sharing and video sharing.

A little fun...

One fun thing that we need to decide on is an official GNU social logo. We would like to open this up to everyone on the mailing list. Send in your best work and show it off to everyone on the list. Rob Myers, will judge every logo sent to this mailing list, by June 28th. Please send your logo in SVG format, and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license, or Creative Commons Zero license.

We want to make sure that everyone who wishes to participate in this project is welcome. While at this point, the majority of hacking is being done by the people who attended this meeting, there are still opportunities to be involved. The GNU social code will be available in the git repository and anyone is welcome to contribute as the project grows.

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