I had a StatusNet account until Evan killed identi.ca 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.
#Mastodon 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 pump.io). It just so happens that the largest implementors are Twitter-like. But that's not reflective of any protocol restriction. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16836027
We also designed the thing *so Diaspora could adopt it*, even though that didn't happen.
Boingboing and Wired both featured the What is Mastodon video today.
"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." https://bgr.com/2018/04/05/facebook-messenger-privacy-facebook-spies-chats/
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 #goblinrefuge, CC BY-SA.
@cwebber just uploaded a #mediagoblin SVG icon I did for @privacylab here, CC BY-SA: https://goblinrefuge.com/mediagoblin/u/privacylab/m/mediagoblin-circle-icon/
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.