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#1 Cuboid

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 02:13 PM

Hello all,

I like to social network online but find Facebook to be terrible for 'having all my data' and don't trust them really so am careful to limit what I'm talking about and who I link up with. My main complaint really is the centralised nature of FB.

 

Here is an interesting alternate way of online social networking that some of you may not have read about:-

 

https://diasporafoundation.org/

Welcome to diaspora* The online social world where you are in control
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diaspora* is based on three key philosophies:

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Decentralization

Instead of everyone’s data being held on huge central servers owned by a large organization, diaspora* exists on independently run servers (“pods”) all over the world. You choose which pod to register with, and you can then connect seamlessly with the diaspora* community worldwide.

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Freedom

You can be whoever you want to be in diaspora*. Unlike some networks, you don’t have to use your real identity. You can interact with people in whatever way you choose. The only limit is your imagination. diaspora* is also Free Software, giving you liberty over how you use it.

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Privacy

In diaspora* you own your data. You don’t sign over rights to a corporation or other interest who could use it. In addition, you choose who sees what you share, using Aspects. With diaspora*, your friends, your habits, and your content is your business ... not ours!

 
Want to get started? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 ...
1. Choose a pod

Find a pod that suits you. You might prefer a smaller pod, one which allows cross-posting to external services (such as Twitter), one based near you, or one based in a country that you know has good data security policies... The choice is yours! You can even host a pod yourself if you have some sysadmin skills.

 

2. Sign up

Once you’ve decided which pod is right for you, based on the ratings and information at Pod Uptime and maybe recommendations from people you trust, sign up there and create a profile with as much or as little personal information as you like. You are in control about how much you share.

 

3. Join the conversation!

Start following some #tags related to your interests: it could be #music, #photography, #privacy or #linux - whatever you’re into. Share a public message with the #newhere tag to introduce yourself, and away you go. You’re now part of the vibrant diaspora* community.

 

 

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Aspects

diaspora* pioneered the concept of aspects, which means you can organise your contacts according to their role in your life. This means you can share something just with family members or work colleagues, knowing that no one you don’t want to will be able to see what you post.

 

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Features

Hashtags give you the freedom to label and follow your interests with ease. You can catch people’s attention by @mentioning them. Reshare posts you love so others can enjoy and comment on them too. And show your love for other people’s work by ♥ing it.

 

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Want to help?

diaspora* needs people to write and test code, welcome and help new members, set up and maintain community pods, and spread the word about the benefits of diaspora* to others who might want to take part. Think you’d like to contribute to the project?



#2 tailsmcsnails

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 12:52 AM

Hello all,
I like to social network online but find Facebook to be terrible for 'having all my data' and don't trust them really so am careful to limit what I'm talking about and who I link up with. My main complaint really is the centralised nature of FB.

Here is an interesting alternate way of online social networking that some of you may not have read about:-

https://diasporafoundation.org/

Welcome to diaspora* The online social world where you are in control

earthD2-f16b54706fa79ccd9daf99454afed432
diaspora* is based on three key philosophies:



decentralized-stamp-95f06c61d2526b7a6a91 Decentralization
Instead of everyone’s data being held on huge central servers owned by a large organization, diaspora* exists on independently run servers (“pods”) all over the world. You choose which pod to register with, and you can then connect seamlessly with the diaspora* community worldwide.

freedom-stamp-12ba083490204c726b692dcb8e Freedom
You can be whoever you want to be in diaspora*. Unlike some networks, you don’t have to use your real identity. You can interact with people in whatever way you choose. The only limit is your imagination. diaspora* is also Free Software, giving you liberty over how you use it.

keyhole-stamp-8ccb2d17f03520cd9048fdc67a Privacy
In diaspora* you own your data. You don’t sign over rights to a corporation or other interest who could use it. In addition, you choose who sees what you share, using Aspects. With diaspora*, your friends, your habits, and your content is your business ... not ours!


Want to get started? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 ...


1. Choose a pod
Find a pod that suits you. You might prefer a smaller pod, one which allows cross-posting to external services (such as Twitter), one based near you, or one based in a country that you know has good data security policies... The choice is yours! You can even host a pod yourself if you have some sysadmin skills.

2. Sign up
Once you’ve decided which pod is right for you, based on the ratings and information at Pod Uptime and maybe recommendations from people you trust, sign up there and create a profile with as much or as little personal information as you like. You are in control about how much you share.

3. Join the conversation!
Start following some #tags related to your interests: it could be #music, #photography, #privacy or #linux - whatever you’re into. Share a public message with the #newhere tag to introduce yourself, and away you go. You’re now part of the vibrant diaspora* community.






aspects-419a74b265fc2258a3bf257c029daeef Aspects
diaspora* pioneered the concept of aspects, which means you can organise your contacts according to their role in your life. This means you can share something just with family members or work colleagues, knowing that no one you don’t want to will be able to see what you post.


features-bd20624e5c675da9a9b001af717b508 Features
Hashtags give you the freedom to label and follow your interests with ease. You can catch people’s attention by @mentioning them. Reshare posts you love so others can enjoy and comment on them too. And show your love for other people’s work by ing it.

question-stamp-5a6f738d009271cac22bafbd5 Want to help?
diaspora* needs people to write and test code, welcome and help new members, set up and maintain community pods, and spread the word about the benefits of diaspora* to others who might want to take part. Think you’d like to contribute to the project?

Intersting that diaspora is still a thing! I kickstarted the project, and literally have the t-shirt. One of the founders sadly took his own life not that long after they launched to backers and I thought the site/app went away.

I shall go see if i still have an account.

#3 PsyBearknot

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 07:28 AM

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#4 MyShroooms

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 03:41 AM

There's also a decentralized version of Youtube, It's d.tube in case you're interested.






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