If you want interesting news articles about the Fediverse, you ought to follow the WeDistribute blog:
It's written by alternative social media veteran @sean
WeDistribute runs on a combination of Wordpress and the Pterotype plugin (which adds Fediverse compatibility to Wordpress sites).
Pleroma is now a Mastodon Sponsor
One of the biggest platforms sharing the space with Mastodon just ended up supporting it financially. https://wedistribute.org/2019/03/pleroma-is-now-a-mastodon-sponsor/
Getting Started with PeerTube
PeerTube is an exciting project that aims to bring video content to the fediverse, a decentralized supernetwork run and moderated entirely… https://wedistribute.org/2018/09/getting-started-with-peertube/
Phew, tons of progress on ActivityPub-PHP this weekend! I wrote handlers and tests for Accept, Add, and Remove activities. That leaves only 4 more activity handlers to go, plus the persistance and delivery handlers 🤓
Faces of the Federation — Jason Robinson of Socialhome
Jason Robinson was a long-term volunteer dev to the Diaspora project who made several important code contributions before deciding to roll… https://wedistribute.org/2018/01/faces-of-the-federation%e2%80%8a-%e2%80%8ajason-robinson-of-socialhome/
Food Show more
Egg waffle and ice cream with red bean and boba 😍
From the "do you still have a job at BuzzFeed?" quiz:
@deerful I haven't done blackout poetry before because I don't like permanently altering books, if I can avoid it, & all the ways I could think of to do it digitally were a huge hassle, so thank u for making this! I messed around a little with To Change Everything as the source material
for what it’s worth, I mostly agree with @denschub about his post. especially acknowledging that litepub has had a lot of difficulty gaining traction, but some good has come out of it.
a large part of why litepub failed to gain traction is because it didn’t go far enough, but it is still an activitypub dialect, and is probably the most widely deployed one verses the mastodon dialect. and, for the most part, these are cross-compatible.
i am probably going to write some response to his blog at some point, but i need to think about what i want to say about it.
what i will say is this: of all the AP implementations, I think Pleroma and some of the smaller implementations like Kroeg are the only ones that are seriously trying to deliver a universal experience. in my opinion, Mastodon and many other implementations either drop or degrade non-native content to the point that they have less functionality than RSS readers.
in particular, i don’t understand how the Mastodon developers can say:
The social network that is Mastodon isn’t really Mastodon. It’s bigger. It’s any piece of software that implements ActivityPub. That software can be wildly different in how it looks and what it does! But the social graph–what we call the people and their connections–is the same.
… when rich media objects (or hell, even Article objects) are degraded into Note objects. after all, what good is a social graph if you can’t fully interact with all of the nodes in it?
i will also say that Pleroma hasn’t been out there promising the entire world the moon. we have not been saying “yeah, implement ActivityPub and then you will automatically interoperate with us in a nice way,” because it simply isn’t true.
the main problem with ActivityPub and ActivityStreams is that the designers failed to observe or at least mention that the interpretation of objects induces side effects: each implementation has to know what a Video or an Article or a Page object are in order to be able to present them in a useful way to the user. there’s a couple of approaches that can be used to do this, you can degrade the unknown objects to an object type you understand and hope for the best, or you can define a way to present the object that makes sense. Mastodon does the former, and Pleroma does the latter.
ask yourself: who should be the ones actually pushing projects to link into the fediverse? the ones implementing a project that degrades everything to a Note, or the ones implementing a project that tries to be a universal client of everything the fediverse has to offer?
the implementations which are working hard to provide a rich experience are staying quiet about ActivityPub, and the implementations which degrade the experience are talking up a serious game about ActivityPub. i think that speaks for itself.
anyway, you should definitely read dennis’s blog. i’ll expand on this some point later.
Software engineer in #Boston.
Currently working on #Pterotype, a WordPress plugin that puts your blog onto the Fediverse.
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