The Decentralized Web

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  1. Software Engineering Daily: Mastodon: Federated Social Network with Eugen Rochko

    Social networks can make you feel connected to a global society. But those social networks are controlled by a corporate entity. The profit motivations of the corporation are not directly aligned with the experience of the users.

    Mastodon is an open source, decentralized social network. Eugen Rochko started building Mastodon in response to his dissatisfaction with centralized social networks like Facebook and Twitter. In the Mastodon model, users can run their own nodes, and other users can connect to them. You can follow users whose accounts reside in other nodes.

    Eugen joins the show to discuss how Mastodon works, and how its thousands of users interact on the platform. We explore the open source community that is building Mastodon, and speculate on the future of social networks.

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  2. 260.5: Mastodon 101

    A Beginner’s Guide to Mastodon Note: No Andrea this ep

    Follow us on Mastodon! We’re at:

    @adrianhon@mastodon.social @naomia@mastodon.host @andrhia@wandering.shop

    http://thecultures.libsyn.com/2605-mastodon-101

    —Huffduffed by alips

  3. Microcast #077 - Making the move to Mastodon | Doug Belshaw on Patreon

    Official Post from Doug Belshaw: This week’s microcast is about Mastodon and federated social networks. Thanks to Noel de Martin for the question!Show notes Mastodon (you can find me at mastodon.social/@dajbelshaw) On TikTok, There Is No Time (WIRED) Misskey  Pleroma  Pixelfed  Nuzzel  Nitter  TweetDeck  Mastodon or, Designing Soci

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/microcast-077-to-30620720

    —Huffduffed by johnjohnston

  4. Decentralize It

    Some people believe that decentralization is the inevitable future of the web. They believe that internet users will start to demand more privacy and authenticity of information online, and that they’ll look to decentralized platforms to get those things. But would decentralization be as utopian as advocates say it could be?

    Host Manoush Zomorodi speaks to Eugen Rochko of Mastodon, an ad-free alternative to Twitter; Justin Hunter of Graphite docs, a decentralized alternative to GoogleDocs; Maria Bustillos who hopes to help eliminate fake news online through the Blockchain; David Irvine, the co-founder of MaidSafe who plans to make the centralized internet as we know it redundant; and Tom Simonite of WIRED, who comments on both the promise and also the pitfalls of decentralization.

    https://irlpodcast.org/season4/episode6/

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  5. This Week in Google 400 Toot, Not Tweet

    Kevin Marks guests on the show and discusses Indieweb, Mastodon, and GNU Social beginning at about 1:18:00 into the show.

    Burger King’s new ad sets off Google Home on purpose. Mastodon is great, but it’s not a Twitter killer. Facebook’s $14 million investment in reputable news. How to keep from being …

    https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google/episodes/400?autostart=false

    —Huffduffed by chrisaldrich

  6. Tech Writer Anil Dash on The Web We Lost

    Blogger Anil Dash says we tend to trumpet the tech revolution, with its vast social networks and slick smartphones, as a triumph of usability and empowerment. But Dash says a spirit of collaboration and emphasis on the user experience has been lost along the way.

    He wrote about this shift on his blog in a post called The Web We Lost.

    “There is an ignorance or a lack of history to the way that a lot of people that build the social networks, especially the young engineers, think about this because they weren’t around to see it any other way,” Dash told Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s New Tech City.

    Dash cites as example Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. “The first thing that happened as soon as Facebook bought Instragram was they shut off the ability for you to import your friends and find your friends through Twitter because Facebook and Twitter are enemies now.”

    Dash says that may be good for Facebook’s shareholders, but it’s not good for users who want to Tweet photos to their friends. He adds that the walling off of content wouldn’t have happened in the earlier days of the Internet.

    “There used to be a time when you put the goals and desires of the user ahead of the corporate infighting and battles,” he said.

    Dash believes technology’s new vanguard should take a look at the philosophies that drove their forbearers.

    “There are cycles to this stuff,” he said. “The pendulum swings back and forth.”

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  7. Dave Graney: Social Networks and the Unknown

    The Wheeler Centre is a new kind of cultural institution, dedicated to the discussion and practice of writing, books and ideas. The Centre is a cornerstone of Melbourne’€™s UNESCO City of Literature status.

    If the internet was cut off tomorrow, would you be happy? Dave Graney would be.

    Appearing onstage at Lunchbox/Soapbox, and in his characteristically meandering style, the flamboyant stalwart of Melbourne’s music scene ponders the question: do social networks and technology inspire us to think of the future?

    Reflecting on technology’s ability to send people “spiralling inwards”, Graney observes the past, present and future through the temporal perspective of each, receives a tap on the shoulder from the unknown (via Facebook), and shares some networked wisdom from a certain man from the future.

    http://wheelercentre.com/videos/video/dave-graney-social-networks-and-the-unknown/

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow

  8. Federating the Social Web

    Federating social networks means people on different networks following each other. It’s driven by the growth of private social networks for businesses; the development of new Open Source tools for social networking; and concerns about privacy and control of your brand in consumer sites. The panel will discuss advances in the federated social web and the technologies that are making it possible. We’ll cover who’s implementing it today, and what kind of control a federated model gives companies and individuals. We’ll give first steps on what you can do to weave your company and your social media presence into a federated social web.

    —Huffduffed by rabourn

  9. How to free yourself from your smartphone – tech podcast | Technology | The Guardian

    Binky is a spoof social media app suggesting the real reason we use our phones has less to do with keeping in touch, and more to do with compulsive behaviour

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2017/jun/30/how-to-free-yourself-from-your-smartphone-tech-podcast

    —Huffduffed by cstrauber

  10. Episode 46: Microblogs

    Sadiq and Cristian follow up on the Apple Battery Debacle from last week, talk about Google’s still developing OS Fuchsia, and we take a look at a new open standards based social network, micro.blog.

    Show Notes:

    00:00:27 – iPhone Battery Replacement Program

    00:03:26 – Google’s experimental Fuchsia OS can now run on the Pixelbook

    00:09:49 – Micro.Blog

    Apple Followup:

    A Message to Our Customers about iPhone Batteries and Performance

    Your old iPhone battery can be replaced even if it passes Genius Bar test

    Google News:

    Google’s experimental Fuchsia OS can now run on the Pixelbook

    micro.blog:

    micro.blog

    MicroPub

    WebMention

    Microformats

    WebSub

    There are things we likely got wrong in our explanation of micro.blog’s backend stack, we’d appreciate all and any corrections!

    Social:

    Cristian on Mastodon

    Cristian’s Mastodon Instance

    Sadiq on Mastodon

    Sadiq’s Mastodon Instance

    Join Mastodon

    Stipes Radio on Twitter

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    https://twoshadesofbrown.com/2018/01/03/episode-46-microblogs/

    —Huffduffed by johnjohnston