This goes to my list of Very 2020 Things
We're chatting on the "fediverse", in which a bunch of "instances" "federate" with each other. These words, oft repeated, lose some of their meaning, but think deeper into the etymology of the fediverse.
This is not a platform, it is a federation (noun) of soverign platforms (plural). The true, profound power of the fediverse is in its decentralized governance and the treaties established between its soverign states.
Google memories (1/x)
y'all going to laugh, but I really believed it. I drank the kool-aid. this was the mid-00s, a tech company with a motto "don't be evil" still felt daring rather than cringe – for an alienated techie like past me, at least; my politically aware friends tried to warn me; but I didn't realise that Google leveraged its fine-tuned advertising machinery also for recruiting, and I swallowed the whole thing.
Beta six is here and Nextcloud 19 is coming soon! Help us make it a perfect release! 😀
Many times, I've seen arguments made like this: "I'd try Mastodon, but I already have Twitter followers", or "I'd like to use OSM, but Google Maps has better data for my city", or, in my case, "I'd like to use sr.ht, but GitHub has better discoverability".
Platforms for which popularity improves the utility of the service are skewed in favor of the incumbents. New platforms face a chicken-and-egg problem. You have to decide - will you help it, or exacerbate it? Those are the only two choices you have.
Don't let that cool new platform die in obscurity while you wait for it to become popular.
Amazing production quality for a subject so dumb https://youtu.be/FNdkTWiXaQM
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