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Sean "Diggity" O'Brien

@guizzy @lain I'm really pretty tired of this "Pleroma/GNU Social/SomethingElse is Nazi software/space" bullshit.

I had a StatusNet account until Evan killed years ago; a shit-ton of great people I talk with here every day have accounts on Pleroma or GNU Social. Some are their developers.

benefited handsomely from there being a large community of dedicated people in Fediverse before Mastodon was a thing. Let's acknowledge that and stop being so condescending.

That's not a hit on Diaspora, which moved forward with their protocol because a lot of work had gone into it, but there's a lot of FUD that's gone around that "well Diaspora couldn't use ActivityPub because it's not Facebook-like". I have yet to see anything in Diaspora or anything else facebook-like that couldn't be handled by the AP protocol.

Nothing about ActivityPub is specifically "twitter-like". In fact the protocol itself, if anything, is way more facebook-like than twitter-like (and largely derives from the facebook-like It just so happens that the largest implementors are Twitter-like. But that's not reflective of any protocol restriction.

We also designed the thing *so Diaspora could adopt it*, even though that didn't happen.

"He also said that all 2 billion users should assume that malicious individuals could have scraped their profile data... And, of course, Facebook has been reading your Messenger chats."

I am now selfhosting @nextcloud at home. Have to say it feels good being in control of my data.

Shout out to and for making it easy to securely deploy with letsencrypt.


Confession: I always read FLOSS in my head as "Free and lossless open source software"

@cwebber we'll be doing a relatively high-profile event @privacylab in September or October (I'll announce it when it's a done deal). Do you know the current playing field of FOSS-y options?

I know there's some custom setup for LibrePlanet, and we're comparing Jitsi Meet+YouTube, OBS Studio, and Flumotion.

Videos will also be uploaded to MediaGoblin at , CC BY-SA.

Thank you mastodon for being open source. For not having annoying tracking, or advertising. Thank you Ostatus and GNUsocial for providing an open protocol and bootstrapping a network around it. Thank you other software in the federation for doing what you do. And the people behind it all: thank you for being you.

I realize it's almost 1AM already.
I realize I have to work tomorrow.
I realize my bosses anger still awaits me.
I realize I still have to make my #DailySketchChallenge

loving @Mastodon so far. Nice to see with such a slick interface, and taking off so quickly. What a long, strange trip "federated social networking" has been!