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I'm reading @chrisinsilico book Mindf*ck and getting into a real FU mode about ditching not just Facebook (already done) but Google, Amazon, and even Twitter too (this is posted to the # as well for those ironically reading this on Twitter :))

As a big advocate of the #fediverse to get out of the walled gardens like Facebook, and ironically Twitter, I think it'd do a lot of good for them to be involved in ActivityPub (the W3C standardized lingua franca of the federated social media platforms). It'd solve two problems: developer horsepower and critical masses of users. There are potential problems too of course, but I'd be willing to start cautiously optimistic.

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So what if it's not performing as well as a few exceptional corporations? If being, say, only 6th highest is "failing", then sign me up for "failing"!

As far as social media sites go, Twitter is like in the top three. It's in an extremely rarefied stratosphere. There's pretty much nothing they could possibly do to be doing better. And just like Facebook, they're in the position of doing whatever horrible things they want with absolute impunity. Like Facebook, they might occasionally "apologize" with a disingenuous non-apology, and then they just continue doing it anyway.

The bottom line is that they're in the exact opposite of any sort of desperate position.

In contrast, look at Tumblr. Tumblr actually has a sizable user base, but no one has been able to figure out how to make any money off us. Infamously, Yahoo acquired Tumblr for $1.1 Billion only to sell it at $3 Million.

Now, there is a site which could be desperate enough to try something radical to somehow turn things around.

Or heck ... $3 Million is such a comically low figure, that... show more

"So what if it's not performing as well as a few exceptional corporations? If being, say, only 6th highest is "failing", then sign me up for "failing"!"
--That's my problem with modern day vulture capitalism in one concise sentence. It shouldn't matter but it sadly does.

I suppose it does. Still, I don't understand how it translates into any sort of leverage Mastodon and others could have over Twitter.

Anyone else in the #fediverse see an uptick in empty accounts trying to "friend" them? I've now had five in the last 24 hours...

That seems to happen from time to time. Haven't had that many lately, though.

@Harald Eilertsen Yes, usually if a new big instance starts to federate.

Today I decided to automate and expand my open source and fediverse software funding to my favorite and most used projects. Every little bit helps. #foss #fediverse #linux


For me currently it's Mozilla, Feneas and Matrix for monthly donations in the tech scene. For single projects I randomly throw small amounts based on the feeling of getting lots of value.

Donations are important! We should all be doing that whenever we can to ensure these projects have a future!

Got my Diaspora API #kotlin client libs working against the latest API branch code. Ready to run against server with API code #diaspora #diaspora-dev #fediverse

We have #fediverse platforms already in production and still under active development to replace traditional social media. Who do Sanger and TBL think we need something brand new? What's this boycott PR thing to boot? Help make the fediverse viable guys!

Retribute, a #donation system for #fediverse creators – We Distribute

I woke from a dream where the #diaspora API was being deployed (which I think may actually be happening soon, right #diaspora-dev ?) so I revived my website comments system based on the API, polished up the #kotlin implementation, and then also wrote a #dotnet version so I could make an #fediverse app in #AvaloniaUI . Yeah I'm in a coding mood :).

yep, it should happen soon ;)

The Feneas forum

Today we launch our discussion forum powered by #Discourse to help #federated folk have a place for cross-platform collaboration discussion.


#federation #community #fediverse #collaboration #feneas

So Gab is coming to the fediverse by converting their system from proprietary to a fork of Mastodon (why a fork?). I have thoughts but umm should be interesting... #fediverse

Yeah, but if they were planning to expose their closed social network to a giant external one with hundreds of thousands of users, you'd think they'd at least say so in layman's terms, no?

Well, it's like if they said they're setting up an email server that uses "SMTP". I'd assume they mean that SMTP will be available for talking to other servers, even if not specifically mentioned. Since they do mention ActivityPub, I'd also assume they mean it will be used to talk to other servers :)

Hats off to the team for publishing the post mortem on their hack. It's painful to admit mistakes and security lapses but this can help others learn from their mistakes #cybersecurity #fediverse…

Thanks, this is always helpful

I'm having a bit of "writers block" on developing recently. Trying to ruminate on it to get past it. #programming #opensource #fediverse

@Hank G have you ever touched the Social Home project by @Jason Robinson 🐍🍻?

It's Python, not PHP and to my knowledge the project's team doesn't mind integrating different Fediverse protocols too

@senya I've chatted with him about it but haven't played with it yet.

@Hank G maybe there you'll find your happiness :)

Hmm, Peertube needs to learn a bit about L10n. That way they won't find many helpers.

For our open source bibliography manager JabRef we use crowdin for translation management. Really simple and easy to use

Friendica Dev Environment

Alright! After many hours getting up to speed on #PHP #phpstorm and #LAMP in general finally got a dev environment running with #friendica ...I think I'll celebrate with a little Stardew Valley before moving on :) #fediverse

FOSDEM 2019 Was Awesome

Just landed back in the states from my first #FOSDEM #fosdem2019 I'll be doing a long blog post on it later but it was great meeting people from across global the #fediverse and #opensource community.

@hankg was great to meet you in real life!