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rjw  ·  381 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 5, 2017

I got hooked on Mastodon, which is a new (few months old) implementation of GNUSocial which is an attempt to build a decentralised social network. In this case this means that instead of having a single organisation run the whole social network you have multiple groups of people running their own websites (called 'instances') that can talk to each other. So if you're signed up on one instance you can see the posts (called 'toots') of users on another instance. More or less. It's not a 100% perfect system but it's a really interesting experiment.

I cancelled my tenancy so I need to find somewhere new in London to live by the 17th of this month. There are an abundance of places that need tenants here, but it's hard to find something I really like. Meh. I need to get my life together. Other than the usual systemic facts of life (gotta go to work, gotta get up in the morning, gotta clean the house, none of these can really be avoided so it's not worth worrying) all the misery in my life comes from me being lazy and not just fucking doing the things I need to do. I have a really bad habit of becoming really really fatalistic about my own inability to do anything.

goobster  ·  378 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    ... instead of having a single organisation run the whole social network you have multiple groups of people running their own websites ...

So BBSes, then? :-)

I'm willing to bet money that a network of BBSes appear amongst the geek community in the next 18 months or so... it's time. And more secure.

rjw  ·  377 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah I think that the Mastodon/GNUSocial has a few problems (no assurances from instance owners that your data will be handled securely, no builtin fediverse-wide way of identifying yourself, the way that instances interact is not well understood by non programmers, etc) that I think people will be exploring alternatives. It would be fun to learn about BBS systems, they're so before our time...

Devac  ·  378 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There already are numerous active BBSes around. Until fairly recently I was actually using one that a friend from MDN setup for his MUD and a few other small projects like that.

Shame that most of them are still using Telnet, though. Quite a few offer SSH access after registering through Telnet, which seems at least a bit weird.

goobster  ·  377 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Back in the 1980's I used to run a Red Ryder Host BBS, and had traffic and mail from all over the world.

Maybe I need to find a working Mac Plus and US Robotics 14.4k modem, and set one up again...

... yeah right. In all my spare time! Sheesh.