Darnell (Seize The Day)

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So @rklambo@threads.net was interviewed by Wired & we might be a few months away from Threads activating ActivityPub upon their site.

In the coming months, Threads users should gain the ability to follow accounts from other social networks and to publish posts that will appear not only in Threads but elsewhere on the social web. [...]

Meta is treading carefully, doing a phased implementation while continuing conversations with Fediverse leaders. This will give the company more time to iron out some of the integration kinks. β€œDo we adapt the protocol to be able to support this?” Lambert asks. β€œOr do we try to do some kind of interesting, unique implementation?” Instead of the audio for voice posts, Meta considered federating text transcripts, but ultimately decided to stick with sharing the audio.

Lambert hesitates to put an exact timeline on the rollout of ActivityPub support, but she says general users may be able to access the new features in a couple of months. Access will first arrive for Threads accounts open to the public, and the activation process will be opt-in. β€œWe have some milestones that we’re working towards,” Lambert says. β€œBut I think we’re most invested in just making sure that the experience feels really good & that things are actually working.” (Wired)

I understand the logic behind Meta being cautious (as making drastic changes could make or break the site), but I think the company could be moving a lot faster in reaching their goals if they would simply launch a public beta testing site.

There are a plethora of other features Threads should launch, but activating ActivityPub is definately a feature at the top of the list.

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» by @darnell@darnellclayton.com πŸ”› @darnell@darnell.day

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IFTTT supporting Mastodon

Years ago, I tried (& failed) to convince IFTTT (which stands for If This, Then That) to embrace the Fediverse by adding support for Mastodon in the hope it would encourage IFTTT to embrace other ActivityPub services that I actively use (specifically Pixelfed, WriteFreely & Misskey).

It appears that IFTTT finally did add support for Mastodon sometime in January of 2024, albeit with a face-palming caveat.

At IFTTT, we know that every thing works better together. We are constantly adding new services that can be integrated with the 900+ apps, devices, and platforms available on IFTTT.

New services

With new services joining IFTTT every week, there are always new opportunities to transform the way you integrate and connect with the things in your life.

Mastodon.Social

Mastodon is an open-source, decentralized social networking platform that allows users to connect and communicate with others in a federated manner. Launched in 2016, Mastodon offers an alternative to centralized social media platforms by giving users control over their data and the ability to choose their own instance, or server, to join.

Please note: You can only login with your mastodon.social credentials. If your account is hosted on a different server, you will not be able to log in here. (New on IFTTT)

I am not sure why IFTTT is limiting itself to just Mastodon Social (the flagship server). Still, for whatever reason, IFTTT does not understand the Fediverse or does not care (probably a mixture of both).

Most Mastodon users are not on the flagship server, which makes this feature worthless for most people.

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Mastodon users seeking to integrate third-party services into their account should visit Mastofeed by Alex Barredo (@barredo@mastodon.social), as you will be able to choose which Mastodon server you want to interact with online.

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πŸ•ΊπŸΎ Follow my adventures upon: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@one.darnell.one 🐘 (Mastodon) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.moe 🦁 (Misskey) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.ooo πŸ“Έ (Pixelfed) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@threads.net 🧡 (Threads

πŸ¦ΉπŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ Other digital havens: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.tv πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» (TeleVerse) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.xxx πŸ”ž (Hard News) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.africa 🌍 (Africa) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.co πŸ§˜πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ (Creative Outlet)

3D visualization of Fediverse logo

Okay, so it technically is not the day the Fediverse was born as ActivityPub was more or less a work in progress (props to @youronlyone@c.im for providing a detailed history of how the Fediverse morphed into what it is today).

However, on January 23rd, 2018, the World Wide Web Consortium gave their official recommendation of ActivityPub thanks entirely to these living legends listed below.

So regardless of which Fediverse platform you prefer, raise a glass of gratitude to the Fediverse Founders on this particular occasion, as these five individuals created a protocol so noteworthy that even major companies are admitting that the future of social is with ActivityPub.

Note: Image via Wikimedia Commons by Eukombos, discovered on Engage Media (@EngageMedia@mastodon.social)

Update: Thanks @cstanhope@social.coop for informing me of Jessica Tallon’s account!

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» by @darnell@darnellclayton.com πŸ”› @darnell@darnell.day

πŸ•ΊπŸΎ Follow my adventures upon: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@one.darnell.one 🐘 (Mastodon) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.moe 🦁 (Misskey) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.ooo πŸ“Έ (Pixelfed) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@threads.net 🧡 (Threads

πŸ¦ΉπŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ Other digital havens: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.tv πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» (TeleVerse) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.xxx πŸ”ž (Hard News) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.africa 🌍 (Africa) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.co πŸ§˜πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ (Creative Outlet)

Kaijali, Goblin leader from Overlord

Image Credit: Kaijali, Goblin leader from Overlord, picture from Overlord Wiki.

So Javi Alvarez, an employee who use to work for Automattic (the company behind WordPress, Tumblr & WordPress.com) is attempting to build a Tumblr like application for the Fediverse with an interesting name.

Hi! I'm @jv@mastodon.social and https://tumblr.com/jv, but this is my little instance where I'm doing a bit of an experiment to merge both. Basically, I'm trying to build a tumblr-like platform that runs on the fediverse. I called it Goblin, and you can find the source code here:

https://github.com/johnHackworth/goblin

Goblin.band is my own instance, with me being the only account right now while I'm working on it. If you are interested to try it, let me know and I can ping you when I'm ready to let other folks in to test. (via @javi@goblin.band bio)

Update: Javi’s handle is displayed incorrectly in WriteFreely due to the underscores (which makes it appear italicized), so I linked it to his profile on Mastodon instead (link should work).

Usually when one thinks of the word Goblin, negative connotations appear in the brain, although maybe Javi's idea of Goblin is closer to what is seen from the anime Overlord.

Goblin is currently based upon Firefish, an ActivityPub platform which was forked from Misskey by @kainoa@firefish.social (see side note below).

Side note: There have been unconfirmed reports that Kainoa has abandoned the Firefish project, although his last post was a month ago so he could merely be busy with life, especially after the holidays.

Goblin seems to be another fork of Firefish, with the other prominent ones being Iceshrimp by @zotan@estrogen.network, & Catodon by @panos@catodon.social & @namekuji@its.waah.day (Catodon features a cute pirate cat icon for what it's worth! πŸ˜‚).

However, what will separate Goblin apart from the various Fediverse forks of Misskey (or Firefish), is the fact that Goblin seeks to build integration with Tumblr, which (to my understanding) will allow users to post to their Tumblr blogs from Goblin.

Currently two other platforms also post to Tumblr (Micro.Blog by @manton@manton.org & WordPress via the JetPack plugin), but I believe what Javi is trying to do is recreate Tumblr's fun albeit awkward culture upon the Fediverse, since it is unclear when Tumblr will activate ActivityPub on their site.

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» by @darnell@darnellclayton.com πŸ”› @darnell@darnell.day

πŸ•ΊπŸΎ Follow my adventures upon: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@one.darnell.one 🐘 (Mastodon) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.moe 🦁 (Misskey) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.ooo πŸ“Έ (Pixelfed) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@threads.net 🧡 (Threads

πŸ¦ΉπŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ Other digital havens: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.tv πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» (TeleVerse) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.xxx πŸ”ž (Hard News) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.africa 🌍 (Africa) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.co πŸ§˜πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ (Creative Outlet)

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Last year, lead BuddyPress developer Mathieu Viet desired to combine the powers of ActivityPub with BuddyPress as a bulwark against multi-billion dollar social networks.

About federating WordPress site owners updates into a BuddyVerse 🌍, it's an amazing idea I already heard of 5 years ago during the WordCamp Europe 2017. As WordPress is powering around 40% of Internet sites, I guess there's an interesting potential, but I believe** we need a lot more contributors** to master the ActivityPub protocol (extending the ActivityPub WordPress plugin?) or the Matrix standard and required developments to allow 2 or more WordPress instances to follow each others or more globally to achieve a distributed BuddyPress network. To avoid missing the « we figured out being chained into social media owned by capricious billionaires was masochistic » opportunity, maybe we can make a first step into this direction and reach something approaching improving how we deal with RSS feeds & implementing Webmentions. (via BuddyPress Blog)

It might be wise for Automattic (the company behind WordPress & WordPress.com) to pursue creating a special Fediverse plugin for BuddyPress or expand support of the original ActivityPub plugin for the social network.

One advantage BuddyPress has over current Fediverse options is that the former can leverage the power of WordPress, which many (if not most) hosting companies provide as a β€œ1-click” install option.

Since BuddyPress can be activated on WordPress sites via the BuddyPress plugin, communities can easily set up their social network that is not run by a mega-corporation that may not share their ideals.

Viet will probably need assistance from the (super busy) @pfefferle@mastodon.social (lead developer of the ActivityPub plugin) as well as @photomatt@mastodon.social (who can direct resources from Automattic to help speed up compatibility).

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» by @darnell@darnellclayton.com πŸ”› @darnell@darnell.day

πŸ•ΊπŸΎ Follow my adventures upon: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@one.darnell.one 🐘 (Mastodon) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.moe 🦁 (Misskey) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.ooo πŸ“Έ (Pixelfed) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@threads.net 🧡 (Threads

πŸ¦ΉπŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ Other digital havens: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.tv πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» (TeleVerse) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.xxx πŸ”ž (Hard News) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.africa 🌍 (Africa) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.co πŸ§˜πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ (Creative Outlet)

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In 2023, we witnessed numerous sites & platforms activating ActivityPub or investing more resources into the Fediverse.

A few notable mentions include:

While 2023 was the year the Fediverse became familiar amongst the masses, 2024 will be the year when we see ActivityPub adopted by numerous social networking sites, blogs, forums, video streaming services & potentially even messaging platforms.

After previously looking at the top 30 Fediverse websites, I decided to take another look at the top sites (also known as instances), this time limited to those boasting over 100,000 total users.

Unlike the prior list, I decided only to include instances currently federating or will embrace federation this year (the latter includes Threads & Flipboard).

I am basing my rankings primarily on three aggregate websites (note: I included donation links to the respective aggregate sites as they do this for free using their resources):

I excluded Daystorm (administrated by @admin@daystorm.netz.org) as this is a testing instance & their user data is fake. I also did not include WordPress.com as that is technically a WordPress-managed hosting company & not a typical website or instance.

Without further ado, here are the top 20 instances in the Fediverse (including betas), highlighting total user accounts &/or active monthly user accounts (if available).

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(1) Threads

Operated by Meta (formally known as Facebook), Threads will be the largest instance in the Fediverse by active user count (stats below).

Update: Meta revealed that they currently boast 130 million active users, which puts them in the second place behind Flipboard (shown below). However, the latter’s numbers are from 2020, & it is unclear if Flipboard user numbers have changed.

However, when they enable ActivityPub on their platform for all their users, they may not boast the most Federated accounts overall as Threads will take an opt-in approach to protect the privacy of their users.

While Threads will probably remain the most prominent instance in the Fediverse, the instance in the number two spot might boast more ActivityPub-enabled accounts in the Fediverse.

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(2) Flipboard

Best described as a social networking magazine, Flipboard is comparable to Google News, except humans curate news stories.

Flipboard is for news enthusiasts & as a bonus, the apps & website are a feast for the eyes.

Update 2: According to TechCrunch (props to Craig Smith from Expanded Ramblings for locating this info), Flipboard has north of 100 million active users in 2022, although it is unclear if their current number is less than 145 million active users. For now, I will keep them in the number two spot.

Eye candy aside, Flipboard could play a critical role in distributing information worldwide, especially with large corporations like Google & Facebook geoblocking news articles over legal disputes.

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(3) Minds

Due to their heavy embrace of cryptocurrencies & freedom of speech (as in they allow any & all types of legal speech, including controversial rhetoric), Minds is viewed by numerous instances as a controversial platform.

However, as of this post, Minds is currently the largest federated instance, although they will drop to third place once Threads & Flipboard activate ActivityPub. Minds software is also open source, & the site & software were created by Bill Ottman, John Ottman, Jack Ottman (lots of Ottmans! πŸ˜‚), Mark Harding & Ian Crossland.

Unlike many instances that are either funded by advertisers or donations from users, Minds offers premium hosting services to individuals, communities & companies via their plus, pro, & network plans (the latter which can be run under a custom domain).

Minds is a freemium platform, as their basic plan is free for everyone, regardless of viewpoint (as long as it is legal in the United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ).

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(4) Mastodon Social

Started by Eugen Rochko, this flagship Mastodon instance helped popularize ActivityPub amongst the masses & is currently the largest Federated site powered by Mastodon.

As of this post, the software Mastodon boasts over 14.5 million total user accounts, & over 1.5 million active monthly user accounts (all across 9500 plus instances).

Mastodon Social is financed by a plethora of generous donors (myself included), & it is one of the two Mastodon instances run by the non-profit Mastodon gGmbH.

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(5) Alien Top

Alien Top is the largest Lemmy instance in the Fediverse and the third largest Federated instance powered by open-source software (after Minds & Mastodon Social).

For those looking for a Reddit like community that is not corporate owned & ActivityPub powered, Alien Top appears to be a prime location for those who love engaging & communicating via forums.

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(6) Pawoo

Pawoo is the second-largest Mastodon instance & the most famous Japanese instance in the Fediverse. Ownership of the site has changed a few times, with the current owner being Suji Yan, who incredibly owns three of the top ten instances in the Fediverse (including Pawoo).

Pawoo was previously the most popular instance in the Fediverse (holding the title for several years) & it was only recently surpassed by Mastodon Social.

The site is currently the most popular non-English instance in the Fediverse (most of the posts are in Japanese), & is now operated by the Social Coop Limited.

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(7) Misskey

Misskey is the flagship instance for the Misskey Software, which powers the website. The Misskey website & software were created by Eiji Shinoda, who online is known more commonly as Syuilo.

Misskey Software boasts over 700,000 total users across 1200 instances, of which 11,700 are active (at least once a month). Software development & the flagship instance of Misskey are financed primarily by donations from passionate fans (including yours truly).

The Misskey flagship website is the second most popular Japanese instance in the Fediverse, & is (not surprisingly) the most popular Misskey instance online.

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(8) MSTDN Japan

MSTDN Japan is the second significant instance owned by Suji Yan, & the third most popular Japanese-speaking instance in the Fediverse.

The instance is powered by Mastodon & MSTDN Japan is the third largest Mastodon instance in the Fediverse (after Mastodon Social & Pawoo, respectively).

  • Domain: MSTDN.jp
  • Software: Mastodon (open source)
  • Leader: @Sujiyan@mstdn.jp
  • Over 400,000 total users
  • About 32,000 monthly active users

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(9) Baraag

It brings me no pleasure to type about this next instance, which is powered by Mastodon & in the past, has been highlighted by Fediverse detractors attempting to slander either Mastodon software or ActivityPub-powered websites in general.

Called Baraag, this site is renowned for boasting users sharing highly unethical (but under the United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ, constitutionally legal) content, often involving children (users of the site test the legal limits of American law).

Baraag is probably one of the most blocked instances on the Fediverse, yet despite being shunned by the community, the site somehow makes the top ten list.

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(10) Mastodon Cloud

Mastodon Cloud is the fifth most prominent Mastodon instance in the Fediverse, & is also the third Mastodon instance owned by Suji Yan (who currently owns 3 of the top 10 instances in the Fediverse).

Unlike Suji Yan's larger Mastodon instances (Pawoo & MSTDN Japan), Mastodon Cloud users post content in a variety of languages, including English, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish & German, which might make this the largest diverse instance in the Fediverse after Threads.

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(11) Pravda

Powered by Mastodon, Pravda is the most prominent Russian-speaking instance in the Fediverse, & the name Pravda means β€œtruth” in Russian.

The site seems to have been partially inspired by a post/tweet by Elon Musk, the latter who joked about starting a site called Pravda to rate the credibility of journalists online.

Decades ago, Pravda was also the name of a prominent newspaper in the Soviet Union, which might partially be the inspiration for the name as well.

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(12) MSTDN Social

MSTDN Social is the 7th largest Mastodon instance in the Fediverse, & is a general-purpose Mastodon site run by a famous cat lover known as Stux online.

Stux is known for hosting & maintaining instances powered by other ActivityPub platforms (ranging from Pixelfed to Peertube), although this is the only instance to appear in the top 20 list.

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(13) Mastodon Online

Mastodon Online is the second Fediverse instance started & maintained by Eugen Rochko (the creator of Mastodon).

The purpose of the second site is to demonstrate the power of Mastodon by showcasing how users of two different sites communicate with each other in the Fediverse.

Although not as prominent as its larger sibling (Mastodon Social), Mastodon Online is still popular enough to be listed in the top 20 Fediverse instances.

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(14) Mastodon World

Mastodon World is a general-purpose Fediverse instance that is (obviously) powered by Mastodon.

Mastodon World is one of two major ActivityPub platforms run by Ruud, & both of them are popular enough to be featured in the Fediverse top 20 websites (the other site is featured at number 16).

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(15) Mas.to

Mas.to is a general-purpose Fediverse instance, & the last Mastodon instance to make the top 20 list (Mastodon powers half of the sites listed here).

The site is primarily in English, & is most notable for its short domain (which is harder to secure nowadays).

  • Domain: Mas.to
  • Software: Mastodon (open source)
  • Leader: @trumpet@mas.to
  • About 168,000 total users
  • About 18,000 monthly active users

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(16) Lemmy World

Lemmy World is the second largest Lemmy instance in the Fediverse, & is also the second instance run by the famous Ruud.

Although not as popular as Alien Top, Lemmy World does sport a better user design/layout than Alien Top, which might make it more appealing to newcomers desiring to experience the Fediverse, albeit through the lens of a forum.

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(17) Micro Blog

Despite being proprietary & centralized, Micro Blog is probably the most popular ActivityPub-powered blog platform in the Fediverse. Users can post underneath Micro Blog's domain or use a custom domain (the latter, which I highly recommend).

Founded by Manton Reece, Micro Blog allows users to easily connect to the Fediverse, as well as cross-post to various other platforms, including Mastodon, Tumblr, Medium, LinkedIn, Flickr, BlueSky, Nostr & Pixelfed.

Unlike other platforms listed, Micro Blog is a premium service, which covers the expense of hosting content on the site.

Twitter Fail Whale

(18) Bird Makeup

Featuring this instance is somewhat controversial, considering its sole purpose is to pull desired content from X (formally Twitter) & make those posts available on the Fediverse.

Created by Vincent Cloutier, Bird Makeup's site depends entirely upon X, the latter whose continued existence is in doubt thanks to Elon Musk's shenanigans.

Although there are no original users on the site, some folks find it helpful, as Bird Makeup allows them to follow accounts on X without engaging with the crazies on X.

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(19) Diaspora

Diaspora is the flagship instance for the Diaspora Foundation, whose software can be comparable to Facebook (just decentralized & federated).

Diaspora was started by Ilya Zhitomirsky, Dan Grippi, Max Salzberg, & Raphael Sofaer in 2010 & the software supports cross-posting to WordPress & Tumblr.

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(20) Pixelfed Social

Pixelfed Social is the flagship instance featuring the Pixelfed software by Daniel Supernault. It is best described as a Federated Instagram alternative, where users can host photos & videos on their domain yet still communicate with everyone else on the Fediverse.

Over 219,000 people have experienced Pixelfed firsthand (across almost 1,000 sites), which is a testament to the fact that a single individual primarily maintains the software.

Although known primarily for showcasing the power of Pixelfed, the primary Pixelfed instance often leads the way in pioneering new & innovative tech, especially when it comes to moderation (dealing with spam, trolls, etcetera).

Conclusion

This list could easily change throughout 2024, especially if other significant platforms decide to join the Fediverse. However, it is exciting that the Fediverse will expand from tens of millions to hundreds of millions of users this year.

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» by @darnell@darnellclayton.com πŸ”› @darnell@darnell.day

πŸ•ΊπŸΎ Follow my adventures upon: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@one.darnell.one 🐘 (Mastodon) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.moe 🦁 (Misskey) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.ooo πŸ“Έ (Pixelfed) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@threads.net 🧡 (Threads

πŸ¦ΉπŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ Other digital havens: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.tv πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» (TeleVerse) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.xxx πŸ”ž (Hard News) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.africa 🌍 (Africa) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.co πŸ§˜πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ (Creative Outlet)

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Yes, Amazon emailed their loyal paying customers to inform all of us that our bill was going up.

Dear Prime member,

We are writing to you today about an upcoming change to your Prime Video experience. Starting January 29, Prime Video movies and TV shows will include limited advertisements. This will allow us to continue investing in compelling content and keep increasing that investment over a long period of time. We aim to have meaningfully fewer ads than linear TV and other streaming TV providers. No action is required from you, and there is no change to the current price of your Primemembership. We will also offer a new ad-free option for an additional $2.99 per month* that you can sign up for here. [note: link removed]

If you pay annually for Amazon Prime & Prime Video was more or less a perk of 2-day shipping, then paying the extra $3 a month is not a huge issue.

However, if you were paying for Prime Video separately or paying monthly for Amazon Prime delivery, you are probably better off enduring the infrequent annoyance of ads interrupting your entertainment experience.

I will be paying the extra $3 per month to avoid seeing ads, as I find ads disruptive when watching movies or shows. I do wish Amazon offered an annual plan (I pay annually for Amazon Prime).

As far as why Amazon is increasing their prices, I believe @daringfireball@mastodon.social sums it up best:

β€œMeaningfully fewer ads” than Apple TV+ or Max is not possible, because they have no ads. Netflix has a lower-priced β€œwith ads” tier, but Prime Video is no peer to Netflix. This is a rinky-dink move that solidifies Prime Video's status as a second-rate streaming service. Maybe if they hadn't blown $250 million on Citadel and nearly $500 million on Rings of Power β€” both of which shows were absolutely terrible β€” they wouldn't be in this position. (Via Daring Firefall)

**Note: ** Although Apple TV does not have ads, Max (formally HBO) does have ads on their lowest tier.

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» by @darnell@darnellclayton.com πŸ”› @darnell@darnell.day

πŸ•ΊπŸΎ Follow my adventures upon: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@one.darnell.one 🐘 (Mastodon) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.moe 🦁 (Misskey) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.ooo πŸ“Έ (Pixelfed) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@threads.net 🧡 (Threads

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The social news network known as Flipboard has begun to court the Fediverse & has activated ActivityPub with a select number of accounts.

Today we are beginning to open Flipboard to the Fediverse, a rapidly emerging part of the Web which includes social services like Mastodon, Threads, Pixelfed, Firefish and PeerTube all built on a revolutionary open protocol called ActivityPub.

What does this mean for you? In the next few months, everyone using Flipboard will be able to discover and follow a whole new group of writers, vloggers, artists, scientists, explorers, political leaders and millions of others who are posting content and conversing in the Fediverse. If you curate on Flipboard, not only will you have a lot more content to curate from, there will be millions more people to enjoy the Magazines and Storyboards you are curating. If you're a publisher, creator or brand on Flipboard, you'll start to see new visitors and engagement as people discover and share your content across the growing Fediverse. [...]

In this first phase we are partnering with 27 publishers and creators to help them federate their Flipboard accounts and gather feedback from people across the Fediverse. (Flipboard on Medium)

Kudos to CEO @mike@flipboard.social & his team for figuring out how to quickly transition their primary site to the Fediverse, which allows people to follow specific accounts (like @espn@flipboard.com) from their Mastodon, Misskey, Pixelfed, etcetera, account.

I do have a few suggestions which can help make Flipboard more relevant to both publishers & users.

Federating Flipboard Magazines

Flipboard's current setup means that users following a specific Flipboard account will receive the β€œfirehose” of all the content from that account, as the @fediversereport@mastodon.social explains.

With the current implementation of federation, you only follow a Flipboard account, and all the posts you see in your feed get the text β€œPosted Into [Magazine]” added. You cannot follow an individual magazine from an account yet. As Flipboards Magazines do not easily map onto the structure that other fediverse platforms use. The closest analogue might be PeerTube's Channels, which also don't federate. (Fediverse Report)

A potential workaround is to have Flipboard magazines appear as subdomains within a specific account.

For example, instead of following @espn@flipboard.com & receiving every sports info (which would not appeal to many people), users can instead follow a specific magazine like ESPN NFL magazine which would appear as @espn@nfl.flipboard.com which would cater towards American football fans.

Another example would be Mike McCue's account, @mike@flipboard.com, where a user could follow his photography magazine on the Fediverse at @mike@photos.flipboard.com which would appeal to photography enthusiasts who may not be as enthusiastic about his pressure cooking food recipe magazine (note: some of those meals look good!!!).

Original Verification

After Elon Musk β€œfailed whale” the whole verification process on Twitter (now known as X), with some companies losing billions of dollars over the blue check debacle, it might be wise for Flipboard to assign blue check marks on their platform for prominent organizations & accounts.

While this might not mean much for some accounts on Mastodon, Misskey, or Pixelfed, with Threads joining the Fediverse, having a way to distinguish legit or prominent accounts will be necessary for mainstream users.

Custom Domains

A premium feature Flipboard could offer is custom domains or having the power of Flipboard underneath your domain. This will probably appeal to organizations & individuals who want to use Flipboard under their domain, which could help further β€œverify” that an individual or organization is indeed the person curating the content.

Charging at least $10 per month would be reasonable (potentially higher depending on how an individual uses the platform). Although most users will choose the free Flipboard.com option, a sizable chunk of Flipboard's users would probably opt to pay for this feature, which could also bring in extra revenue for the Flipboard company.

Conclusion

It is fascinating to witness Flipboard joining the Fediverse, as the platform could counterbalance how people consume news, which is currently controlled by mega-corporations who are not afraid to geo-block entire countries when they encounter an impasse with the government (just ask Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦).

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» by @darnell@darnellclayton.com πŸ”› @darnell@darnell.day

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After @element@mastodon.matrix.org decided to switch to the AGPLv3 license & informed @matrix@mastodon.matrix.org that they will be forking Synapse & Dendrite, they just recently sent an email notifying everyone (myself included) that Element will be ending their consumer Matrix plans.

We are writing to inform you we are discontinuing our consumer hosting products and legacy plans. Therefore on Saturday, January 20th 2024, your current subscription for darnell.ems.host homeserver will come to an end. [...]

If you want to keep your service active, you can either: 1. Upgrade to an Element Business subscription with reduced minimum user commitments (see below) 2. Or, if you have a custom domain, you can download a copy of your data and migrate to another Matrix hosting provider (or host your own homeserver) [...]

For existing customers who wish to upgrade to an Element Business subscription, we are exceptionally offering a reduced minimum user requirement of 20 users (usually 50 users) at $5 per user, per month (excluding tax). This would have to be paid annually in advance. The plan includes everything covered by your previous subscription, plus other features such as single sign-on support. For more information about Element Business and our other plans please visit our website. If you would like to upgrade your hosting plan, please contact our Support team before Saturday, January 20th 2024 through our web portal.

I currently pay $15 per month for my Matrix instance, but to continue to use Elements services, I would have to pay $1,200 per year.

Other hosting options are available, but in light of the Matrix forking & Element out pricing their worth, I will exit the Matrix universe entirely & look for a decent, affordable alternative.

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» by @darnell@darnellclayton.com πŸ”› @darnell@darnell.day

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Spoutible is surprisingly having some success in raising funds from its community (via Equity Crowdfundingβ€½), as the site has raised over $400,000 from 1,000 β€œinvestors.”

Spoutible fundraising

The company sent an email celebrating the news, although the legal disclosure at the end is concerning.

We've reached a significant milestone – over 1000 investors have joined us in supporting Spoutible. This achievement is a powerful testament to your unwavering belief and commitment to our mission. It's a moment that reaffirms the strength and passion of our growing Spoutible family.

Since the very beginning, Spoutible has been about building a communityβ€”a community that values positive and respectful online interactions. We are proud to say that this incredible community will own a piece of Spoutible, sharing in our vision and being part of the transformative impact we aim to create. [...]

MANDATORY BOILERPLATE FOR REGULATORY COMPLIANCE FOLLOWS:

We are β€œtesting the waters” to gauge investor interest in an offering under Regulation Crowdfunding. No money or other consideration is being solicited. If sent, it will not be accepted. No offer to buy securities will be accepted. No part of the purchase price will be received until a Form C is filed and only through Wefunder's platform. Any indication of interest involves no obligation or commitment of any kind. (Via Spoutible)

Spoutible raising $400,000 is impressive for any X / Twitter alternative, but it is still unclear what β€œinvestors” are obtaining in exchange for sending Spoutible cash.

It will be interesting to see if Spoutible is around a year from now, especially with some X alternatives shutting down as the world seems to be rallying around Threads & the Fediverse at large.

Update: Added Wefunder link.

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’» by @darnell@darnellclayton.com πŸ”› @darnell@darnell.day

πŸ•ΊπŸΎ Follow my adventures upon: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@one.darnell.one 🐘 (Mastodon) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.moe 🦁 (Misskey) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@darnell.ooo πŸ“Έ (Pixelfed) πŸ‘‰πŸΎ @darnell@threads.net 🧡 (Threads

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