Explaining Sovevos: A Network Of Social Networks

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If you don’t like long explanations, jump down the page, below the Facebook comments, and the Disqus comments and you’ll see this:

sovevos login box

Create a new login for yourself and leave a comment on this post. Make sure the “Login site” is set to Israellycool (it should be by default). Then leave a comment, say hello, and next to my name you’ll see an invitation to be-friend me.

What is Sovevos for Users?

For commenters, sharers and consumers of published websites, Sovevos is the genesis of a brand new social network. It’s a social network built around your favourite site. It isn’t only for one site, however, it’s designed to spread across the net. Each time a new Sovevos social network is built, it will find and link up with all the others.

What is Sovevos for Publishers?

Sovevos is a way of giving every publisher their own, fully functioning social network. From publishing giants like the New York Times, through leading independent blogs like Israellycool, and to the smallest tumblr blog written only for the author’s mother: all can run their own social network. Behind the screens it’s set to become the way for publishers to take back ownership of, and their relationship with, their most engaged visitors: the ones driven to share and comment on what they see.

Sovevos is a network of social networks

As your friends join Sovevos you’ll discover what they’re looking at. You’ll be able to chat with them, you may have joined from different sites, leaving comments or reading, but behind the screens, Sovevos will be your social connection.

Sovevos does not have a centralised control system: it is a distributed network of social networks. There is no “big brother” style central operator like a Google or a Facebook. Instead publishers will, once again, have a direct relationship with those who share and comment their content. They, not existing social media sites, will own the relationship with engaged users.

Sovevos on Israellycool

The readers and commenters of Israellycool are getting a very early, sneak peek at Sovevos. We can’t deliver all the features it will one day have, but we want to work and build the system in plain sight with the help of people who will one day use it extensively.

Privacy note: just like Facebook, the administrators of Sovevos store all data on their servers and have complete access to everything said in the system, including private messages between users.

Using Sovevos today

sovevos login boxWe’ve added a Sovevos log in and comment block to every page on Israellycool. You’ll find it down below Facebook and Disqus comment blocks.

To use Sovevos you need to create a log in (this is specific to Sovevos on Israellycool but will apply across other sites using Sovevos). Eventually, of course, it will support logging in with Facebook or Twitter.

sovevos logged in with commentsOnce you’ve logged in you’ll see existing comments, a place to leave a new comment and, down below that and filling the width of the page, the social network aspect of Sovevos. Look at the comments: if you see Brian of London, send me a friend request. Any users of Sovevos is a friend of mine.

At present this is a four column display. First come your friends. Next is a News Feed. What you see here will depend on the page you’re on and which friend (if any) you have selected from your friend list. The third column is a chat column. Here you can instant chat (privately) with your friends.

Sovevos four column social view smallFor the moment the fourth column lists other sites running Sovevos. We will expand this soon.

Why are we doing this?

Sovevos is getting set for some major work. We are currently gathering together a team of people to work on it and are actively discussing financing the next phase of development. We have a long list of features and requirements for Sovevos: we have a strategy to build it and to gain the market share it will need to make it a viable business. We don’t, for example, have it working on mobile platforms yet and we know this is an absolutely essential step.

Putting Sovevos in front of real people, like the loyal audience of Israellycool, and other blogs, is a key part of our expansion and development strategy.

If you are interested in getting involved with Sovevos, either as an investor, a developer, a web site owner or in any other way, please feel free to contact me.


Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.