ActivityPub is not the only Fediverse protocol in town. Zot also allows decentralized social media.—and it has a game-changing feature: nomadic identity. 🏈

This is my experience using it 🧵

1. Nomadic identity is my holy grail of decentralized social media. In a previous life, I worked on one attempt. Many have tried and failed.

So the fact Zot is not a proof of concept, and can actually be used by anyone is huge.

2. If you want to know why I'm excited about Zot's implementation of nomadic identity, take a look at this screen shot.

Notice anything missing? A password field! A channel address is all that's needed for authentication.

3. What makes Zot particularly nomadic is the ability to clone your channel. Upload a file or enter in credentials from another channel, and now you have true redundancy across multiple sites.

4. Mastodon's big weakness is that it has a class system: admins and users. Admins own user personas, toots, personal data. This creates a hierarchy.

Nomadic identity, as implemented in Zot, fixes this problem.

5. Even if you're an admin, you should love Zot. Channel redundancy means resistance to DDoS attacks. As well, if your webhost dislikes you and pulls the plug on your site, Zot gives you redundancy for channels you host

6. So Zot is the future of decentralized social media, right? Unfortunately, Zot is in bad health. Its usage is in the decline. There are fewer instances now than a year ago.

The problem: Zot had too many projects, not enough focus.

7. To their credit, devs know that Zot grew too complex for the average user. This is why they're ending support for many services. According to Mike Macgirvin, everything will be coalesced into Streams.


@atomicpoet This sort of social network makes me think of BitMessage, which I think is still running. The entire notion of decentralized social media, except for BitMessage it's really just a kind of glorified email service, but the lessons from BTC are there. Everyone has a copy, there isn't a single point of attack or censorship, it's quite something.

Things like this inspire me, at least if there was hope for such new things in our world. A kind of fully distributed... everything.

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