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Decentralised & Free Social Networks

For those who are #newhere from other social networks, here’s a bit of handy vocabulary to #help you navigate this new social network universe:

- Protocol - An agreed format that enables software applications to communicate with (or “federate” with) each other. The two most heavily used protocols around here are Diaspora and ActivityPub. As an end user, you don’t have to care about the protocol you are using and you don’t ever see the “protocol” other than it enables or limits which users you can see.
Nevertheless, be aware that currently not all the platforms (see this word later) are fully compatible and limit you in the possibility of interactions.
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- Platform - The software application that implements a protocol(s) for federating. The Diaspora platform implements the eponymously named Diaspora protocol. Mastodon, for example, implements the ActivityPub protocol. #Friendica implements both the Diaspora and the ActivityPub protocols.

- Server - pod - instance - node - The server(s) running a particular platform (software application). The variability in naming is due to the various origins of these platforms now working to intercommunicate.
For example, pluspora.com is one of the many pods running the Diaspora platform; mastodon.social is one of the many pods running the Mastodon platform; and libranet.de is one of the many pods running the Friendica platform.

- The Federation - The collective of servers running platforms that implement the Diaspora protocol. This includes all servers running Diaspora (the software application), Hubzilla, Friendica, or Socialhome. The users on *any* of these pods can connect to and interact with each other.

- The Fediverse - The collective of servers running platforms that implement the ActivityPub (and OStatus) protocols. This includes all servers running Mastodon, Pixelfed, Hubzilla, Friendica, Socialhome, or many, many others. The users on *any* of these servers can connect to and interact with each other.

- The Free Network - The collective of pods in The Federation and The Fediverse, combined.

Hope that helps and doesn’t make this seem more complicated than it actually is. The main difference from other social networks is that no single entity owns and runs a platform. On G+ or Facebook, you are locked into that platform/company to talk to other users. In the Free Network, one set of volunteers writes the software and puts it out there for free, and another set of volunteers downloads the software and runs it on their servers and invites us to have user accounts for free. (But you should definitely donate to help them with the costs, if you can.) If we, as users, decide we aren’t happy with our current experience, we can change platforms or pods and still keep all of our friends/connections. On Facebook, G+, Twitter, and the like, you are locked in; and if you want leave, you go cold turkey.

Glad you joined us here in the land of choice. libranet.de/photo/15305924715c… target="_blank">[url=https://libranet.de/p…
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When you use somebody elses' platform to communicate, they can see who talks to who, when and for how long. Such 'metadata' says a lot more about you than you realize. This is why Facebook wants you to forget about metadata when you think about #privacy
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"With all of these privacy problems showing up with the biggest social networks and technology companies around, some companies are working on giving users back control over their data and communications."

pocketnow.com/librem-one-first

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In case you missed it, switching.social has some general hints for switching to privacy-friendly alternatives:

switching.social/guide-to-swit

#Alternatives

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In case you missed it, you can follow people across the Fediverse even if you're using a different kind of site.

For example, here's a PixelFed account:

@earth

...here's a PeerTube account...

@documentaries

...here's a WriteFreely account...

@carbontwelve

...here's a Plume account...

@PlumeDev

...here's a Friendica account...

@hypolite

...and you can follow all of them from Mastodon.

Just click on the @ link to see their profile, and then click on Follow.

#Fediverse #Federation

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This makes a lot of sense given MS's larger strategy with Azure. They need to get Linux devs off Macs and AWS and onto Windows and Azure. Github and Linux tools on Windows are the gateway. arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/0

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Ten years ago, a small team of web developers conspired to kill IE6 from inside YouTube and got away with it blog.chriszacharias.com/a-cons

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