Extended U+F social network protocol: interoperability, reusability, data protection and indirect relationships in web based social networks Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2014

start page

  • 50

end page

  • 71


  • 94

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0164-1212

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-1228


  • An interconnected world is what current technologies look for, being Web Based Social Networks (WBSNs) a promising development in this regard. Four desirable WBSN features are identified, namely, interoperability, reusability, protection against WBSNs providers and indirect relationships. A protocol, called U+F, addressed interoperability and reusability of identity data, resources and access control policies between different WBSNs. In order to address the remaining couple of features, that is, achieving the protection of data against WBSNs providers and indirect relationships management across different WBSNs, this paper presents eU+F, an extension of U+F. A prototype is developed to verify the feasibility of implementing the proposed protocol in a real environment, as well as to compare its workload regarding three well-known WBSNs, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn.


  • Computer Science