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Submission + - Social networking sites - would ad-hoc work? 1

GillyGuthrie writes: "We all know what happened in Egypt recently. The government, in an attempt to suppress its majority, forcefully shut down their local internet communications. The Egyptian government did not use a magic "kill switch," but rather sent police to force Egyptian ISPs to pull their plugs, effectively stopping users of Twitter and Facebook from "calling home" and using their respective services.

I want an ad-hoc, social media solution that doesn't depend on any one company to provide stability and functionality. I want a peer-to-peer social media network. Seriously — why doesn't somebody develop a service that is independent of "mothership" servers to be relied upon as mission critical for the whole system? I hear plenty of complaints about current social networking sites, and I agree with them — screw the billionaire CEOs of these companies like Facebook and Twitter. We need an alternative. I don't care if I have to see advertisements, or donate a few bucks a month. I want a service that can protect me if my government decides to pull the plug (that is, send cops to shut down my local ISP) on my internet. I want a service that can provide adhoc functionality in case of a government power trip.

I want a social networking service that will be immune to pressure from my government. Is this feasible?"

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus