Which of these have you used/do you use

Friendica   0 votes - 0 %
Diaspora   2 votes - 50 %
Hubzilla   1 vote - 25 %
Mastodon   4 votes - 100 %
Pleroma (essentially the same as Mastodon with a different backend)   0 votes - 0 %
GNU Social   0 votes - 0 %
Google Plus   3 votes - 75 %
Pixelfed   0 votes - 0 %
XMPP   2 votes - 50 %
Matrix   0 votes - 0 %
4 Total Votes
left behind by ana (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Feb 03, 2019 at 07:33:34 AM EST
I'm finding social media increasingly baffling.

There was a leitmotif back in the day that Apple's idea of what's intuitive was aimed not at my generation but the one following, which contains most of you. I'm thinking the organization of social media platforms is yet more yoot-centric. I managed, via hulvr.com, to find some of you folks. I'm not sure what else it does. The Federated Timeline thing seems to show friends-of-friends, including some interesting bot-traffi, (like the one from the Deep Space Network. I followed that directly for a while but it dominated my feed so I'm happy to let it be federated.

Is this stuff, like, documented someplace? Or is it all "intuitive" (i.e. forget about it if your hair is white)?

Or get rabies. Also don't do that. --scrymarch

Yeah... by gzt (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Feb 03, 2019 at 08:25:55 AM EST
Here's one guide but it sort of is aimed at twitter users. http://ruthtillman.com/mastodon-overview/ specifically, a bunch of Twitter users she already knows. But yeah this stuff is kind of documented, just not well. Or where people can find it.

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I just don’t have time by wiredog (4.00 / 2) #3 Sun Feb 03, 2019 at 11:19:12 AM EST
for yet another social media site. Heck, this place is pretty social.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Plume etc by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Feb 03, 2019 at 01:10:31 PM EST
I'd like to see these show up in my TL just so I know they're there and can share them in-line with other mastodonians.

But I'm not sure how well that works. I tried with a PeerTube account and the stars failed to align. I did have some success, but it involved some troubleshooting from both sides (and I'm still not sure anyone could see it when I boosted it.) It's pretty clear these two have too much of an impedance mismatch to really get along.

Pleroma users seem to have little trouble though. I'm hoping Plume works out because sometimes I need to write an article style post about something, but can't reasonably fit it into the continuum. I could post on Medium or something and link it somewhere, but that has its own ecosystem which I have no interest in cultivating. I'd forget my password between posts. Goodreads is a good example: their site is more taxing for me to bother with than what benefit it brings me—because I'm not prepared to build an online social identity around the thing they (let's be real here) want to monetize. Others are, and that's okay.

There's a lot of idealism associated with "the fediverse." It is born of silo-smashing culture, and there's a lot of that spirit everywhere. But I don't think people really realize how remarkable it is. It's working to some extent, and as I've just reported, it's more convenient to go with the idealistic platform (in some ways) than to put on a tie, pretend to fight the system from the inside until you forget what you wanted, as it were. The product is better, and cheaper to bring to market.

See you, space cowboy.

Yeah, I mean, does EVERYTHING have to federate? by gzt (4.00 / 1) #5 Sun Feb 03, 2019 at 02:13:26 PM EST
Sometimes, like, RSS/Atom is probably a better solution. It's good to have the relatively easy self-hosting/free hosting and community + open source aspect, and federation within a platform makes sense, but why a Peertube video should want to show up in the narrow columns of Mastodon (they really should allow toggling to over view options)...

I think Plume shows up as a link to the post.

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Yes and no. by dark nowhere (2.00 / 0) #6 Sun Feb 03, 2019 at 03:20:49 PM EST
Mastodon, Diaspora etc are platforms are general, and ideally should be compatible with any kind of content—not 100%, but something material. This is why we have cards. They're awful, but at least you get a bit of a preview.

At the other end, I don't see any point to trying to consume Plume content from a PeerTube instance. But I think this might change (a little) if and when the ecosystem stops duplicating existing silos and starts serving its own internal needs.

That sounds like a bit of a square peg/round hole thing, but I think we can come up with a solution. Something like cards, but more useful. I have ideas but I'll spare you.

See you, space cowboy.

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all that by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Feb 04, 2019 at 12:09:48 PM EST
but no look at mewe ? (MeWe ? )

You're right, I suppose that should be on the list by gzt (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Feb 04, 2019 at 12:23:35 PM EST
I was biased toward listing only FOSS alternatives.

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