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Today's favourite French word: chiffrement
(a synonym for 'encryption', although it's etymologically a bit more like 'encoding')

#Mastodon #UI question / gripe Show more

Also reposting this on the new instance:

If any mastodon devs are looking for design help and would like a hand from the original designer of blogger.com, who recently redesigned the WordPress.com Reader, and wrote an early book on the design of community spaces online, let me know because I can put you in touch with him.

Because he’s me. Hi. Let’s talk.

Open Source could serve the general population so much better if they could nail the newbie / non-tech user experience.

Mastodon is among the best OSS UI/UX, but it's not as good as it could/should be.

Are there now any functional #alternatives to #reddit already, that have implemented #activitypub successfully? I remember seeing #tildes and @prismo and @tuxether or some other services in the #fediverse some time ago, but they seemed not to be ready and useable yet

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RT de johnny :

I'm no friend of the #gewista motion ad displays in Vienna, but today I realized that my polarized sunglasses now work as ad-blockers for the physical world. 😎 #adblocker #Vienna

Tech platforms need human curation. Facebook, et. al. profit by addicting people to the platform, often using AI. Rage-mongering, hate, and violent radicalizing content have proven addictive, & therefore profitable. Search a random news story & often you got Infowars' conspiracy-take on Youtube at #1.

AI is not a Singularity Savior or a Skynet Exterminator or even a free-will-in-exchange-for-happiness Nanny.

AI we have is a heroin druglord, peddling fascism, working for billionaire sociopaths

But i was thinking the other day, right: The majority of these bearded white guys have *NEVER* worked on a project or in an office were 99% of people didnt look anything like them. And im sure most people dont give a shit but i dunno, i think about stuff like that sometimes.

The way I see it, ActivityPub is the decentralised method we're paving the way for the distributed web.

People are educating themselves and with the fediverse having surpassed critical mass beyond the 1 million-user mark, it's now practically unstoppable.

In about a year from now we'll be seeing the beginning of the convergence between the decentralised-web, with the distributed-whatever that goes next.

It's not that those technologies are immature. It's that they haven't converged yet.

Listening to this podcast on building your own ISP as a business. TI's fascinating and eye-opening that it's actually within the realm of possibility.


The more I think about the #Fediverse the more convinced I am that we need true Hubzilla-style roaming identity to really make federation a superior option.

It doesn't matter how easily we can change instances if we lose nearly everything (including our reputation!) on the way.

it's telling of p2p's immaturity that "no true deletes" is still often considered a feature, rather than a structural vuln to be overcome.

i criticize p2p tech like dat and ipfs and ssb, and federated tech besides, because i am so hopeful about them. i want them to grow into the basis for robust alternatives to client-server applications, but we still deep in the land of demoware.

making ads and trackers structurally impossible is something that delights me about p2p tech and things like gopher. we can flip the script on corpers and outpace their bought bandwidth with systems made strong by a million hands. (but don't get lost in the hype -- these technologies, their tooling, and their ecosystems have a long way to go)

There's an amazing number of #ActivityPub #alternatives now available or under development:

Twitter -> @Mastodon and #Pleroma

Instagram -> @pixelfed and @anfora

YouTube -> #PeerTube ( @Chocobozzz )

Soundcloud -> @funkwhale

MeetUp -> @GetTogetherComm

Medium -> #Plume ( @BaptisteGelez )

Reddit -> @prismo and Anancus ( @tuxether )

LinkedIn -> @cloutstream

Google Calendar -> @calendar_social

Anything missing from the list? What else is needed?

#Federation #Fediverse