How about if, instead of ditching Twitter for Mastodon, we all start blogging and subscribing to each other's Atom feeds again instead? The original distributed social network could still work pretty well if we actually start using it
Make it happen and let me know if you need help. The trick will be to make it as convenient or better: more convenient. People are spoiled and used to to swiping now. You do jot even have to pull for information anymore, you get notified, feeds automatically refresh on open etc.
IMO ActivityPub > Atom. It solves things like ghost replies and is a better fit for the social types of content creation and curation we do these days. It's super exciting to see a new protocol like this take off!
“I like the way twitter works, when it does.” That is the problem. Twitter does not fix bugs (e. g., jumping cursor in the edit twit field), and most of its development is in forcing algorithm-chosen content upon us. And we can't really switch because there is oligopoly.
That highly depends on your use of the regular blog. The early blogs were more like daily collections of microblog posts (some still blog that way). The thought out, longform blogpost is more common today, but not obligatory.
I have similar issues - I think the “blog redesign” has to also include *creating* short blog posts. So much easier to just open the Twitter app (or a Mastodon app) and type in something short and simple. Harder to do that with my main blog sites.
One can always write a small post on a regular blog. Sometimes I've just put out a link on my blog, without even any associated text (although not done it for a while, should start again). I also do that on Twitter sometimes. Can save time too, if you have ...
No judgement here, because I like the idea (and by extension things like micro.blog), but I think people are underestimating how good the actual user experience has to be for something to replace Twitter. This isn’t just a technology problem.
Never heard about micro.blog but it seems not to be really open. Not possible to create an instance execpt paying. You can install your own mastodon for free if you have a server. And you can talk with Peertube and Pixelfed and many more application
I'm pretty jealous of the number of likes here. 😋
Blogging never had a relationship model. Its identity model is broken, too. Not to mention no way to (meaningfully) encode presentational intent (I know that's debatable, but would you accept raw html?)
Put another way, privacy is one small facet of a social network, but an important one. Answering how to build that in, while retaining accessibility and usability of the core system, will imho result in something not dissimilar to activitypub or smtp.
Probably, it is the end of life of web feed reader programs, but local programs are actually more fast and convenient. I use one daily. A lot of web sites publishes feeds. For example, StackExchange publishes a question feed for every tag.
Of course it still exists, but then so does usenet.
Having us geeky fellas say “sure, that still works” is like having my College Computing teacher tell me that Punched Cards are a wonderful thing.
We need a more “average” sampling of voices for this one.
I remember reading your posts a long time ago. The web was a better place then.
I miss the era of protocols and RFCs, of open implementions and open/distributed architectures. I think that moving our content to proprietary apps and monopolized platforms was a really bad idea.
During Twitter's early life, a bunch of folks were working on extending that "distributed social network" to include the new use-cases that now define "social network". That sort of work moves slowly, but Mastodon is one of the fruits of that, >10 years in the making.
Feeds are not powerful enough, with buggy workarounds instead of features. Identical posts downloaded from different sources. No replies. Unfortunately, modern “distributed” social networks imitate Facebook and Twitter instead of blogs.
Considering the ease and low cost of self hosting on a VPS, and the possibility to ignore data when there are no profits, it might even reduce the issue of a few huge companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter) profiling all of our interests.
I agree, but discussions in blog comments still don't work well at all, as there is no single place to look for replies to my comments in the 100 blogs I follow. I still consider this a bit of problem.
been thinking exactly that for ages. was thinking I could build a one-click installation of a Facebook wall on gh-pages. The script could use the FB api to ping your friends and offer them the same installation...
...but there may be more reasons why we stopped. Could have been simplicity of publishing (need to do Ubuntu updates)? Maybe a change in the audience (more work stuff getting into perso stuff and it getting weird as the sphere matured)? Or it might have simply been comment spam?
Managing spam is sort of a killer app for walled gardens but the greedy stuff has now migrated into evil and greedy stuff so that didn't work... Defo agree it's time to re-discover re-explore the alternatives
Yes! I recenly restyled my blog to add a micropost post type after discovering @on_P4 and really liking the platform but wanting to self host. Long form posts are fine, but sometimes you just want to jot down some quick notes.
Pretty much what I do already. Only on Twitter to follow people like you who use it :) And unlike Twitter, you actually know how many people see your content, it's yours forever, and you can edit it as you please. I think "social seo" is largely smoke and mirrors.