Fediverse: Volunteer-run Twitter.
This is kinda fun, but not something I’m passionate about. The Fediverse is not owned by megacorps which is a plus. OTOH it has a high maintenance overhead (running a server), and because it is not owned by megacorps, has a shambolic design process.
It does not help paranoiacs, as is not cryptographically strong, and thus subject to censorship and surveillance etc. But also it’s cute and friendly and evokes early-internet nostalgia, which is sweet.
tl;dr actually my blog is my social media so I am banning myself from the fediverse.
As I call it, cosy twitter.
Maybe it should be
hyggr or something.
This is close to what I imagined social media would be like in the year 2000, for better and for worse.
Lots of local communities, peer-recommendation friendly, hard for a corporate overlord to influence, cute and customisable…
That said, it is a lot of work and the communities I want are not so easy to motivate into participating.
You want to have it without hosting it? there are businesses which do it. One obvious contender is Librem Social which hosts Mastodon and some other handy things. USD2-USB8/month depending on your options. Not sure how the pricing scales per user.
Simon Willison’s intro is helpful: It looks like I’m moving to Mastodon.
- Introducing Pinafore for Mastodon | Read the Tea Leaves
- Wellness settings · Pinafore
- How much I’ve spent so far running my own Mastodon server on AWS: Quite a lot of cash before even accounting forlabout.
- christianp’s mathstodon
PeerTube is a federated video sharing system, with a structure much like Mastodon and using the same federation protocols. Written in Typescript, if you are curious. I am curious how well this scales. Video is hard.