Integrating SAFE with existing popular services while also providing extra value could be a major draw. I got the idea reading this post:
Getting data into or out of Facebook isn’t exactly the easiest, unless it helps their business (because then it’s a breeze.) Wanna save your chat logs? GOOD LUCK! (I wrote an app for personal use, I’m expecting it to stop working any day now; I can feel your pain.)
- What if we could chat with our Facebook friends, stalk their pages, etc and while in it, all our data (e.g. our chat logs, pictures, comments) would get safely tucked away? Same for Hangouts, Skype (their sqlite db is a no-brainer, so “yay”), Pinterest, etc.
- What if I could watch a YouTube video and it would get automatically (or by request) saved on the SAFE network? (If it’s already saved, that’s where it would load from.)
- Proxying web pages for China and the like (yea, I’m sure I’m the first to think about it; anw, here it is for completeness.)
- Loading a Wikipedia article automatically creates / updates that entry on the SAFE Wikipedia. (This one is not about ownership of data, but about migrating valuable data. Wikipedia of course has an awesome API and it provides full data dumps, so it’s more like an example for “the kind of things to think about.”)
- I’m sure there are many more ideas waiting to be discovered!
I’m just throwing up ideas without regard to ease of implementation or payment or copyright or anything.
Some of these could be implemented as browser plugins. Let’s say you go on YouTube. The plugin goes
YAY I KNOWZ YOUTUBEZ so it goes and checks if that particular video is on SAFE yet. If so, it redirects the video stream in the background, and the user can’t even notice the difference (what’s the point in doing this though? anyway, it could be done.) If the video is not on SAFE yet, depending on the user’s preferences (e.g. “my upstream is 64K, can I please opt out?”) it puts the vid on SAFE, and the next time somebody with SAFE loads that YouTube page, it’s served from there. Or, if somebody starts the SAFE Videos app, now there is one move video available. (I said: just an idea, no copyright infringement intended.)