A distributed social network is a networking service available through Internet that functions in a decentralized manner, and has data dispersed amongst different hosting providers. This system consists of a number of social sites, allowing users of any particular site to interact and exchange messages between users of other websites in the social network. Thus a social site taking part in this Distributed Social Network is considered inter-operable with other similar sites.
Exchanges of messages and other interaction take place through a Social Network Protocol, even as the portable software is used for networking, yielding itself to easy adoption to other platforms of websites.
One has to distinguish Distributed Social Network from an aggregation of social networks, which are primarily meant for administering various activities and managing accounts among various networking systems. These Distributed Social Networking systems use open standards, from what is known as Open Stack which is considered as the “enabling technology” for such networks.
Some social networking sites have tried to use the term Distributed Social Networking in a broader sense to define specific services provided, which are shared with multiple sites, usually through plug-ins or additional widgets. With these add-ons, the Distributed Social Network functionality becomes operational on sites used by the users.
Legal organizations across United States that advocate activism on the Internet, have strengthened this type of social networking by endorsing their activities, and consider them an important tool in the hands of Internet users.
This system gives freedom to people living in countries or regimes where free speech and the free expression of views are not allowed, to carry on with their activism, through social networking sites, apart from giving service choices and ensure their anonymity and security are primarily protected.
The systems usually hold a single domain key, [email protected], usually with a very small readable names; as much metadata as one would like to store is wrapped around the key, even secondary standards may be required to classify bigger metadata sets, each one having its own key.
This helps your identity, and your personal information to be secure over the system, but the practice in many networks like Facebook, Twitter, is to reveal more than hide personal information of the users.