OpenFest 2006 - Share the Freedom

April 23, 2004


Loaf seems to be an interesting application of Bloom filters to build a hybrid between e-mail, social networking, and I'm-still-not-quite-sure-what-else :) The basic idea: send out a hashed copy of your addressbook with each e-mail message, so others can check whether you have been in contact with somebody else. The purpose: check first-time correspondents against the people who have sent you their Loaf databases, so you can come up with some kind of rating: "I have no idea who that is, but three of my friends have actually sent e-mail to them, so maybe it's not really a spammer".

I think I'll give it a test out Real Soon Now(tm).

Via Idle Words and Understanding Nothing.

Posted by roam at April 23, 2004 10:32 AM