DiDuSoNet: A P2P architecture for distributed Dunbar-based social networks

Online Social Networks (OSNs) are becoming more and more popular on the Web. Distributed Online Social Networks (DOSNs) are OSNs which do not exploit a central server for storing users data and enable users to have more control on their profile content, ensuring a higher level of privacy. In a DOSN there are some technical challenges to face. One of the most important challenges is the data availability problem when a user is offline. In this paper we propose DiDuSoNet, a novel P2P Distributed Online Social Network where users can exercise full access control on their data. Our system exploits trust relationships for providing a set of important social services, such as trustness, information diffusion, and data availability. In this paper we show how our system manages the problem of data availability by proposing a new P2P dynamic trusted storage approach. By following the Dunbar concept, our system stores the data of a user only on a restricted number of friends which have regular contacts with him/her. Differently from other approaches, nodes chosen to keep data replicas are not statically defined but dynamically change according to users churn. In according to our previous work, we use only two online profile replicas at time. By using real Facebook data traces we prove that our approach offers high availability.