On July 4th, RCsocial.net reaches its 1 year anniversary!

Coincidentally, also happening this July 4th is the move of 1 million #Gab users to the federverse. We will be able to follow them and vice versa, just like all other ActivityPub sites. This is a big boost for free speech and in wrestling control from the oppressive tech giants.

It also provides much-needed balance to the anti-free-speech viewpoint of Mastodon developers.

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@George No. they are not federating. not even showing global feed to their own users. supposedly, not even a local feed.

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@oneway
Interesting. Their announcement said it would be federated using ActivityPub. Maybe it is a staged thing.

In any event, we will get to see at least the initial version in a couple days (they said 7/4).

The normal local and federated timelines may not be sensible in their case with almost 1M users. They had said that they are adding groups.

ActivityPub provides for following. Timelines are up to the app and not intrinsic to federation.

@George couple things.
1) gab has less than 10K MAU. about 500 DAU.
2) torba lies about everything. it is literally a giant scam. he has been given $3MM to date and built nothing.
3) they are outrageously incompetent. they went masto b/c they couldn't bld antying themselves.
4) he will say one thing here and another on twitter to his "investors"

@oneway
Thanks for the info, I was hoping it would be better than that. Ultimately their value may be only in raising the visibility of fighting censorship and encouraging federation.

Of course, the hostility to free speech shown by the Mastodon devs will make others (e.g. Parler) more hesitant to embrace federation. That blunder is a huge strategic error.

@George gab is a huge net negative for free speech. in every way. they give us all a bad name, strip funds from real projects and undermine valuable open source projects.

You should check out oneway.com. they keep very low profile but have the best tech on planet and have created a new system of federating.

disclaimer. i'm the founder of fediway.org and oneway.com.

@oneway
Thanks Derek. I am looking forward to exploring your site and its tech.

Haven't done much yet, but my OneWay profile is @George.

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