I recently found out about Diaspora and Google+. These two build solid base on my last year’s claim that Social Media users start to make and share custom self-made applications with application specific data.
Abstractions provide the methodology for absolute trivialization; the Diaspora and Google+ are focused around controlling user access for separate groups with Views (Diaspora) and Circles (Google+).
This is exactly what I have focused on “ordinary people making their own applications” in the various posts. We are going to push this forward for primary/elementary school pupils by finding piloting schools. The only requirement is to have interested teachers to participate. Now as the active social media platforms offer the back-end for the same group of users, the infrastructure to share the applications and their data through social communities is already there.
We continue evaluating the social media platforms; properly abstracted we likely end up deploying on both Diaspora and Google+ (and the rest as soon as the deeply built-in group level structure gets on the other major platforms).
It seems that the work continues to be even more interesting after my vacation than it was before it 🙂