There's an illustration making the rounds showing the top 20 ActivityPub apps, so I spent a morning recently visiting them all. Most of them are just the same Twitter clones as all the others (the "social media interface" is famously easy, and often used as a project in coding bootcamps), but with only a tenth the popularity of Mastodon, except for specialty destinations like Pixelfed and PeerTube.


I've been active on Goodreads as a book reviewer for almost 20 years now; but I recently discovered a Fediverse alternative called Bookwyrm that uses the same ActivityPub standard as Mastodon, so I'm going to try cross-posting there for a while and see what I think. I do like the idea of all the Goodreads benefits but in an open, decentralized, non-Amazon-owned system!


Today at my personal journal: In which a pleasant random encounter at with @JohnShirley2023 gets me thinking about my '80s cyberpunk youth (or as much of it as you could have in small-town Missouri), and how this ties into the suddenly hot ! of decentralized Mastodon servers.

The vast network of servers and communities that make up the ! system work exactly alike. They all have an open system of talking to each other, but then they each make their own rules for their own communities, as strict or as loose as they want. 5/

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An interesting thing I'm learning as I start exploring the larger ! is that can each set their own standards for a public face. Some provide a public directory of members, even a public version of their local stream; others give you no information about themselves at all, even how many people belong to it. So some are like closed BBS niche groups and some are giant general interest places like Twitter, but the standard lets them all freely communicate.

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