#WhatsApp is currently down. This is your regular reminder that centralized platforms are centralized: a single point of failure and control.

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If you want to migrate your family or other social group away from proprietary apps but don't know how, that's what we're here for. You can self-host Snikket or sign up for our hosted platform. After setup, invite your contacts with a simple link and you're done.

snikket.org/service/quickstart

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While I use XMPP and Matrix every day and heavily promote open networks to get people off Whatsapp and the like, I take issue with this post.

1. Are you suggesting, that people in the Fediverse are never plagued by server troubles? Sure, if one server is down, the service as a whole still works. If you are connected to that one server, you are still screwed.

2. I don't get that point of Snikket. It seems to be just another XMPP client and server. What makes it so different?

@snikket_im @Bart_Wux

Sure, but it's not worldwide problem. Difference just like single case of illness vs pandemic.

@Bart_Wux Hey 👋

We're absolutely not suggesting that server troubles can be magicked away by decentralization. It's a fact that tech does fail regardless of who you are. The difference is how many people are affected when that happens. Billions of users are affected by this outage, and that can only happen when an entire network is built under a single organization. It reduces the robustness of that network as a whole.

Related post about Signal's outage recently: mastodon.technology/@mattj/107

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