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All those poor people on Instagram switching to Vero...

Makes me want to build a decent image sharing network. Not just an app for Mastodon, but something standalone and optimised for images (and ofc using ActivityPub for compatibility with the million+ people using mastodon)

@zatnosk ugh, manowar is suddenly unavailable. I'll continue from here.

If I were to build such a system, the first step in my master plan would be to build a Crate in Rust that takes care of ActivityPub federation. At best something that can be used for multiple projects and maybe even shared with #Aardwolf.

After that the next steps would be
2) Basic storage of images and related data
3) Sane image uploading with good privacy respecting defaults regarding metadata scrubbing
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4) Client API optimised for fast image loading
5) Web Client
6) Android Client
7) iPhone Client
8) Marketing and branding of a flagship server towards a core of selfie-taking "influencers".

@zatnosk @zatnosk sounds like a great job for a fairly well funded dev team 🤔 otherwise by the time you finish all this, MastoVR will have launched…

@kai @zatnosk of I soon it correctly, I might be able to build a cooperatively owned company for it as litra 5a.

@zatnosk @zatnosk all donated time or would you look for money?

@kai @zatnosk no income that isn't donation or selling a product or a service.

@zatnosk @zatnosk would you sell accounts on the flagship server?

@kai @zatnosk I don't think so. I'd prefer selling add-ons or "premium features", whatever that would be. But everything would be open source, so anything I'd sell on the flagship, you could get for free on an alternate server.

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@kai now that I think about it, the sane thing to sell would be extra storage space.

And possibly the ability to upload giant images (non-paying people would be restricted to some 1080p or something).

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