After a one month deep dive into the Tent protocol, I am coming up for air to let you know what I’ve found.
For me, Tent boils down to a swiss-army knife for social networking, communication, and storage. Tent improves communicate by structuring information and by making you the owner.
First, try it for yourself.
The team putting together the Tent protocol has created a business with a reference implementation. Head over to Tent.is, create an account, and try out their first service: microblogging. Use a few different apps to get a flavor for the ecosystem. My app recommendations are Zelten and Essayist.
The average user will be a few layers removed from Tent so here are a few reasons why they should care about this thing they cannot see.
Own Your Stuff
The stuff you create on the web is yours. At least it should be. Tent enables ownership by first saving your stuff in one place; in YOUR place. You can then allow other sites to see it as long as they agree to your licensing terms.
This time, THEY have to approve YOUR EULA!
Your connections are YOUR connections. These people are your friends, family, and colleagues. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the rest should not own your social graph so store it in Tent. If sites want access to your connections, you can grant them access with specific licensing terms and you can revoke that access at any time.
Tent can already accommodate microblogging and longer documents. In the coming months, it will support many more content types.
This is beautiful. If you need something that doesn’t exist already, you can create it yourself or hire it done. Keep this new thing to yourself or make it a proposal for the official protocol. It is up to you. What could you make? Team collaboration. Home and hab automation. Personal logs and repositories. Opponent matching for games along with high score boards.
Tent in Space
I am a space enthusiast and would like humanity to make it to the moon and Mars. I am passionate about pondering how technology will be part of that endeaver and then making it happen. This is why I volunteer as part of the moonmars.com team and why I’ve spent the last month helping the first Tent applications become successful.
As you can imagine, space travel and settlement have challenges. Most of them we can’t imagine yet. Our space explorers will need software solutions to help meet those challenges.
Let’s give them a tool and die shop for software with Tent being a prominent member of the tool belt.
Tent is a new web protocol that gives you control over what you create and write online. It has the potential to transform your online social life.
I believe so strongly in the importance of this project that I am investing a great deal of my personal time to make it successful.
More to come.