Why Mastodon and the fediverse are “doomed to fail”

-> a small rant about how the profit lens distorts our understanding of success vs. failure:


hi fediverse!

back in January, 100000 years ago, I got a chance to talk with @darius about running friend.camp; why hometown, his fork of mastodon, is currently needed to create safer spaces; human-scaled social media; and trust networks and technology, for an interview in @logic.

we just recently released that conversation for free online. check it out!


Instead of uploading all our information to silos like Facebook or Twitter, we should be able to host our own basic (meta)data like avatar, status updates or social connections in a standardized format.

You would then be able to grant services like Facebook or Twitter access to that data via a token, and you could control which service gets access to what kind of data.

Yes, I'm still dreaming of a semantic web.

Here are my thoughts.

The article's authors write that algorithmically suggested groups "lead users further into conspiracy land." FB will not change this because profits stem from engagement, and engagement arises from fear and rage. The ad-based business model seeks this exact outcome.

The Fediverse is not built on a model aimed to maximize engagement, and as such is more shielded from the incentive to build algorithms that maximize engagement even if it means going to conspiracy-land.

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For the Fediverse to succeed, it needs to not just match the features of centralized platforms, but to best them.

Two leading disinformation researchers recently wrote in Wired that "Facebook Groups are Destroying America." And I'm wonder others' thoughts on if and how the Fediverse can offer a superior answer to this problem.


I'm on the Lawfare Podcast today talking about the bot panic on mainstream social media and also the benefits (and drawbacks) of decentralized social media:


This was a really funny/fun conversation with the hosts, it should be a pretty entertaining listen.

@pixelfed Hi does anyone have recommendations of PixelFed accounts to follow? Either on pixelfed.social or other instances?

For anyone looking, there is a wonderful account on my instance focused on cooking and baking content: @aisshwaryya

Here’s the video of my talk “Beyond surveillance capitalism: alternatives, stopgaps, Small Web, and Site.js.” from Creative Mornings Istanbul on Friday.

Edited to fix the audio sync issue, add captions, chapters, and links to all the mentioned tools, etc.

Enjoy + please share! :)


Q: When is somebody going to create a #fediverse platform that's more like Facebook? Everything I see here looks more like Twitter and I really, really dislike Twitter.


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#mistpark #friendika #friendica #zot #red #redmatrix #hubzilla #zot6 #osada #zap #10years

Tomorrow we will commemorate ten years of working code. Then we'll be getting back to work. A big shout-out to everybody that was or still is a part of this journey. We didn't always agree on everything and this project has more forks than a salad bar, but we wouldn't be here today without you.

A bit of federated media history. The "fediverse" was coined to describe the OStatus network (anything compatible with GNU social), as distinct from "the federation" (anything compatible with Diaspora). Once the ActivityPub spec was finalized, and everyone announced plans to implement it (except Diaspora), "fediverse" started to be used to describe any app implementing OStatus, Diaspora, ActivityPub, or Zot. That's the definition we currently use for @fediverseparty party

Announcing ActivityPub Conf 2020!

Following a successful inaugural conference in 2019, we have expanded APConf 2020 to a four day event that will occur entirely on line via Big Blue Button!

The CFP is open through July 8 at: conf.activitypub.rocks/#cfp

We invite proposals for birds of a feather topics and 30- 60 minute talks related to ActivityPub. Register online (conf.activitypub.rocks/#regist) or feel free to email us with questions (activitypubconf@riseup.net )

#apconf2020 #activitypubconf

@fedilab Is there any scope to develop an iOS version of Fedilab? Are there any specific obstacles to doing so?

John Oliver shares a powerful example of what is wrong with the attitude towards #privacy and security in Silicon Valley. Don't give #GAFAM your data. It isn't safe.

John Oliver succinctly explains why facial recognition software is so insidious, and why combined with widespread surveillance is so dangerous, even if you "have nothing to hide"



Everything wrong with Discord in 5000 words or less. https://cadence.moe/blog/2020-06-06-fuckdiscord

Please boost. Please move off Discord. Please take your friends with you.

I can make edits upon request.

Is anyone aware of plans for a way to run a single #ActivityPub server that can serve both #PixelFed and #Mastodon frontends? It seems that PixelFed and Mastodon both could be like a plugin to a standard AP server.

Remember when WeWork bought MeetUp.com before their real estate scam of a business model imploded? Zebras Unite are agitating for WeWork to sell MeetUp to its members, making it a platform cooperative:

#WeWork #Meetup #ZebrasUnite #PlatformCooperative

Is anyone working on a libre / fediverse replacement for #Giphy yet? I've had a passing interest in creating GIF reactions that don't exist yet.

"Think of us as venture capitalists with a radical social mission: to lend people the tools to democratically build lasting wealth for themselves, their businesses, and their communities. The Working World is a non-profit organization that provides investment capital and technical support for worker cooperatives using an innovative finance model."

#TheWorkingWorld #Cooperatives #funding #DemocraticFinance

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