Harold (fiddlingfrog) wrote in suggestions,
Harold
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Search inclusion minimization coupled to minimized FOAF file

Title
Search inclusion minimization coupled to minimized FOAF file

Short, concise description of the idea
When a user selects "Minimize your journal's inclusion in search engine results" LiveJournal should automatically minimize their LJ FOAF file, possibly by simply pointing to an external URL.

Full description of the idea
The standard Friend of a Friend file offered as one of the data feeds for each and every journal includes the user's name, journal name, profile, interests, schools, a list of their friends... all the data on their profile page, basically. This FOAF file can be indexed by search engines even if the user has chosen to minimize their inclusion in search engines. If a user provides a URL for an external FOAF file the information provided on the LiveJournal data feed is limited to the user's username, displayname, country, city, and default userpic.

When a user selects "Minimize your journal's inclusion in search engine results" an external URL should automatically be set for their FOAF file. Since the URL does not have to be a valid FOAF file in XML format, http://www.livejournal.com would work just as well as anything else.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Increase privacy for users concerned about FOAF files and search engines.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Properly documenting and explaining the new feature.
  • What happens if FOAF requests for different users all point to the same URL? I'm sure it's happened before, but does LiveJournal want to get into the practice of promoting it?
Tags: data feeds: foaf, friends, privacy, profile/userinfo, § no status
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