Jamais wrote, earlier:
"Mesh-to-Mesh" — social network applications, like Twitter, structured as overlapping peer networks. Living in the space between one-to-one and many-to-many, mesh-to-mesh networks serve as a medium for discovering & creating new network connections, and bridging otherwise distinct communities.
…questions and responses to someone on my Twitter who’s part of one community (say, eco-bloggers) are visible everyone on my Twitter list, across the full array of represented communities. If they aren’t already linked, they’ll only see my half of the conversation, but (in my experience) speaking directly to someone often leads to some folks on my network becoming part of theirs.
And that got me thinking about something else. How long until enough open source Twitter clone systems stabilise enough to decentralise Twitter itself? I remember hearing about two that were at least being tested and shaken out. I’m talking now not about attempts to gouge out some of Twitter’s "business," but Twitter-like systems that individuals and groups can run privately. Groups of mobile friends and fellow-travellers dropping off the Twitter network entirely into small, private de-meshed teams. How far away is that?