When I think of a future with Open Social Media, I imagine three pillars.
1) Microblogging (ActivityPub), for sharing thoughts with strangers, ephemeral community building, and broad+global reach.
2) Forum / Stable Community (no good solution yet, AFAIK), for discussing, planning, buying/selling locally. All within a distinct group of people, membership of which can be managed.
3) Peer2Peer (Scuttlebutt?), for talking directly to friends, family, nearby people, and easily sharing files.
Initial speculation on Briar: https://manowar.social/@zatnosk/339052
Related ranting: https://manowar.social/@zatnosk/98929466225432455
Flarum is an open source forum system similar to Discourse but not tied to a Patreon account. It's still working toward a first stable release, but looks to be an interesting offer in the forum category. Will provide public/private group abilities, among other features.
@wion looks nice, thanks for the tip!
It's not exactly what I'm looking for, though. I think the real value lies in a community site, that works as a forum, more than a forum that works as a community site. And the most important part would be whether identity and access is federated/decentralized/distributed.
I see what you mean.
@zatnosk 2) Loomio? CommunityForge?
@strypey are either of those federated? If I have to make a new account for each community I am interested in, the barrier is too high.
@zatnosk Matt's ideas for using AP are more ambitious that just using them for the mutual credit communities too
Does your thought changes on the above tech now ?
@noorul not in the big picture. I still think we need those three pillars, and ActivityPub has since grown a lot in diversity, which is awesome, but still in the "ephemeral & open" category.
Scuttlebutt (SSB) is still a questionable contender in the p2p space. I haven't seen anything better yet, but SSB isn't good enough yet, and I'm not sure it will be.
In the forum and community category, I haven't seen any good projects there. Some try, but they lack the design depth needed.
I totally agree to all the points.
Except, I decide to be against SSB for using blockchain.
Since social networking with block chain tech is not sensible to me.
And block chain resource consuming tech.
I like to see more p2p development.
Peertube uses p2p which is good.
What I can see group chat like Matrix and similar platform replacing traditional Online forum...
@zatnosk for number two some kind of hybrid of forums like phpbb/vbulletin mixed with social bookmarking features like reddit would be great. Forums on the internet need to come back big.
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