GNU social: Federation against the social model of Twitter

Manuel Ortega, Las Indias in English, Apr 10, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I haven't seen GNU Social but it might be worth looking it, as it offers a networking model more akin to the one I favour. "The Facebook and Twitter socialization model, the FbT model, is like a large plaza where everyone can shout their slogans, while barely listening to each other," says this article, which can be contrasted to (what it called) the federation model, in which "the intimate relationship between the value of a conversation and the trust that has already been established within the nodes. It is a consequence of the distributed structure of GNU social. Thanks to it, GNU social is free of any recentralizing tendencies." This is the approach we're taking in LPSS (and why your experience in doesn't being with 'friending' a whole bunch of people). Via Dante-Gabryell Monson.

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