Why do we need an alternative unit of social cohesion? Neighbourhoods decouple the invisible architectures that give platforms their specific flavors (visibility, virality, reputation metrics) from the basic tools online networks require to function. This decoupling enables context-driven, scale-sensitive use of social data. While there’s no need to use reputation scores, for example, to share events or memes with a close-knit group of intimate friends, enhanced recording and scoring become useful when networks reach a critical threshold and it seems less obvious if, say, a member of a 1,000 person group is a reliable person with whom to share home repair tools or a ride across the city.
In essence, Neighbourhoods provides technical infrastructure for developers to sustainably build modules and communities of users to articulate their own culture and pursue their common good(s).
Note the sharing economy examples; Neighbourhoods enable decentralized versions of today’s popular web apps without
- the scaling limitations of traditional blockchains
- the centralized algorithms that do the heavy lifting
- unreasonable requirements for venture capital, owing to the alternative funding and business models typical of the dWeb space.