Phil Friedman

6 years ago · 2 min. reading time · ~10 ·

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Let the Audience Decide

Let the Audience Decide

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Shifting the Paradigm for Professional
and Small-Business Networking

IF YOU'RE CONTINUING TO GET THE SAME RESULTS, CONSIDER DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR A CHANGE... is an open-source collaborative professional and small-business networking platform whose time has come. 

We are dedicated to re-creating social networking in a form that is user-centric, transparently managed, and free of gamesmanship.

OW is committed to enabling and supporting 100% organic online networking, transparent operation, and collaborative development and management.

OW speaks to those who are tired of having their networking efforts canceled out by arbitrary algorithmic controls that are shaped by private, undisclosed objectives.

OW does not seek to compete with other social media platforms, professionally-oriented or otherwise, but instead is working to establish portals for content native to other platforms to be shared on and distributed via OW’s developing broad-based network.

OW members and users will be able to share posts created on other platforms or on their own blog or websites into the OW networks, where distribution within its network will be controlled by the personal elections made by its members and users.

OW is being structured as a decentralized loose confederation of Regional Nodes. The Regional Nodes also serve as the communications portals for members and users, who can connect with one another worldwide across the platform.

Each Regional Node (RN) also serves as a portal to a Local Enterprise Center (LEC), which is effectively a networking space for authorized private, for-profit providers of consulting and other expert services and some types of goods and the potential consumers for those services and goods.

OW will also be home to a Digital Content Distribution Network (DCDN).

OW will not incorporate a native publishing facility. Rather, OW will share content created on other platforms via its own network to OW members and users, according to the preferences set respectively by each member or user.

OW will also serve as an aggregator for RSS or like feeds, to gather and distribute notices and links to members and users, again, according to the preferences set respectively by each recipient.

OW will also host profession- and industry-specific groups, which will be owned and managed by members at their own election. The groups will be equipped with the tools necessary to effectively grow and manage themselves in accord respectively with each group’s statement of mission and self-created rules.

OW is basically a non-profit organization. It is being developed and launched collaboratively by an international group of dedicated and expert Anchor Stakeholders.

OW will not monetize member data or information, neither by selling nor by selling access to that data or by selling lead generation. Because membership data will not be monetized, there will not be a need to restrict access to the platform, nor to game members to keep them solely on the OW platform. Therefore, links to external sites and platforms will be developed and their use encouraged in the spirit of open collaboration.

Are you looking for true affinity networking? Genuine organic reach for your writings and postings? Opportunities to brand and market your B2B or even B2C services and goods? Syndication of your blogging to a broad audience, while retaining full control of your content? Are you selling a B2C product or products? Publishing and hosting a STEM forum or chat space?

We invite you to Investigate the OW initiative and the concrete steps we’re taking to create an international collaborative platform for open and transparent, member-centric professional networking.

During this formative period, you have the opportunity potentially to affect the direction of development. So sign up to follow our progress and provide suggestions and feedback by email. We thank you for your interest and will appreciate your input.

Go to for more information ...

Then read the Google+ series at

And then join the conversation.   — The OpenWorld Stakeholder Steering Group

Copyright © 2018 by OpenWorldUSA and OpenWorldNorthAmerica — All Rights Reserved


Phil Friedman

5 years ago #6

Thank you, Claire L Cardwell, for sharing thepist. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #5

Yes, Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic, me too. We expect to roll out a fully functioning Beta test version by the end of the second quarter 2018. In the meantime, we will be testing a selection of core functionalities during Alpha-phase development, for example, we expect to roll out a chat and groups discussion function sometime later this month (Mar 2018). If you are on our email-update list you will receive notice. Anyone who has not yet signed up for email updates can do so by going to or I hope that you will consider hosting an engineering discussion group when OpenWorldNorthAmerica is up and running. It's important for me to emphasize that people do NOT have to be located in North America in order to be members of OW-NA. And that, in many aspects, the reach of a member of OW-NA will extend worldwide via the greater OpenWorld network. Cheers and thank you for supporting #LetTheAudienceDecide.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

5 years ago #4

Looking forward to the real testing of the platform - user testing.

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #3

Thank you, Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic, for sharing this post. And for supporting #LetTheAudienceDecide. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #2

Thanks for the heads up, Franci. The link is fixed now. Cheers!

Lada 🏡 Prkic

6 years ago #1

Phil, you intrigued me with an idea of STEM forum or chat space. I've already signed to follow the progress. As you said, let the audience decide. I would add, it seems like another basket to put eggs.:)

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