The Facebook outage makes its own case against centralization

A decentralized network consists of multiple domains working peer to peer. Ideally, there is one domain per identity. If you want multiple, distinct identities, register multiple domains. As I look at my list, I see that I have already done that. Just waiting for the right time to stand up more of them. Recently I went from one ( (timchambersusa.com) to two (that one plus tbc0.com).

In the beginning, the internet was decentralized. Consider email. Before @gmail.com, you could choose from @yahoo.com or @hotmail.com or @msn.com and the list goes on. Anyone here ever have an @aol.com email address? Now it seems as if every random person I interact with has a Gmail address. That’s a single point of failure. (Though I bet Google is reviewing its business processes this week in light of Facebook to ensure they don’t have a failure like that.) Anyway, the best two examples of decentralization are the World Wide Web as a whole (despite the fact that everyone seems to start browsing the web from google.com), and the blogosphere.

Also see encyclosphere.org/forums?wpfs=decentralization