Wooh! I finally finished the blog post. This one was orignally about federated platforms, but I ended up shifting it into something else. Here it is: https://brainblasted.gitlab.io/replacefacebook/
Please read through it, criticize it, and let me know your thoughts. And more importantly, please boost it so we can get more people involved :)
I know you've checked in on the aardwolf matrix room, and I'd welcome any contributions (not necessarily code, feature discussions are good) you might have.
I will check out your Matrix group later.
@gcupc I like your ideas :) Regarding Aardwolf, I may contribute some this summer, depending on how time works out for me. I applied for GSoC, so my time might be stretched a little thin if I was accepted.
IMO the fact that Facebook replaced what used to be many different platforms/applications (used in parallel for different purposes) is part of the problem.
Eg. a public profile/microblog shouldn't be tied to a messaging app, shouldn't be tied to a calendar app, shouldn't be tied to video sharing site.
IMO what we need is some kind of federated identity (kinda like OpenID), so that we can eg. log in to peertube with our mastodon account.
This way users of existing federated apps could easily start using any new federated applications without making a separate account on each of them, keeping track of many passwords, and having their notifications and profiles spread all over the place.
@kaniini @cwebber @Chocobozzz @Gargron @lain @brainblasted
The idea I have right now would be to specify OAuth2 endpoint in user's APub profile. Then do OpenID Connect on top of OAuth2, and also request permission to post to user's outbox. (oh, yeah, posting jsons to outbox is another thing that's missng). Then the site that I'm visiting could provide a comment/reply box that'd send posts as me at niu, despite it being a different instance that I don't even have account on.
@brainblasted I tried joining the XMPP room firstname.lastname@example.org but it doesn't let me. Is it members-only or something?
@Wolf480pl Shouldn't be. Let me see whats up. What's your JIP/username?
@Wolf480pl Sent an invite
@brainblasted You have a typo 3rd para of VPN heading: what exactly is Facebook's fucntion?
@brainblasted Not sure building a replacement will ever work. Think maybe the win would be the fragmentation. I don't use all FB features. Interconnectivity between different approaches will be a win. Thanks for the article - useful discussion and listing of current alternatives
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