I know others have made suggestions under the label "Ubuntu Social" (7730,17696,23642,25108,...) but what I'm about to suggest, though still 1/2-baked, is somewhat different and only really capable (IMO) through a major distro and custom, signed, secure, packages.
I realize that my notion is similar in spirit to
: ""Social from the start" must not strengthen the burgeoning online monopolies". To which I added my own response.
And is another voice saying similar to
Solution #4: Make each and every ubuntu machine social! - skip the need for websites!
Written by Blinky the 16 Feb 10 at 12:03.
Considering that Blinky got -51 votes, I imagine this suggestion will probably not fly far either.
But I would like to take it a step further, making the online monopolies irrelevant. As snooping grows, as .coms
kowtow to .gov, the REAL ISSUE is not Socializing as much as it is protections to privacy, data integrity,...
which all social sites cannot guarantee (ref: wikileaks).
The purpose of this suggestion is firstly to decentralize our social 'footprint' from all websites like FB; the second is to promote Linux generally and Ubuntu in particular as the OS/distro whose awesome app encourages users to migrate away from Windows.
The first purpose is to operate in a secure medium (GPG/SSH/SSL) and have full control over our content or data; as it would reside on localhost AOT someone else's server. No more data-mining, ads, etc..
Please note that this is just off the top of my head, but I believe that the next big thing (NBT) can be decentralization of the social web; somewhat like P2P; provided that computer users can run both clients AND servers (just not public-facing servers)