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    Hey tumblr users. Here is why Movim could be the best platform to migrate to!

    Timothée Jaussoin · / Movim · Monday, 3 December, 2018 - 22:45 edit · 3 minutes

Tumblr has decided to ban all NSFW content from its network. Although we understand the reasons why this decision has been made, it's a strong reminder that handling your content - NSFW or not - from a centralized and private platform can always lead to such censorship.

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Movim has been built to prevent this kind of restriction. Here's a few reasons why.

Movim is a Free Software

Movim has been and will always be a Free Software. This provides you with the freedom to adapt it, redistribute it and use it in any way you would like to. You are then free to add new features, change some behaviors or customize as you wish, for yourself or your community.

Movim is based on an Open Standard : XMPP

All the content that you are publishing on Movim: articles, private messages or chatroom messages, pictures… are published using your #XMPP account that is separate from Movim itself (like your emails are separated from your email client).

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The XMPP standard is the official IETF Instant Messaging solution and is used accross the world by millions of people daily. Since 2008 Movim is pushing social features on top of it to provide to everyone a simple and modern way of publishing content, subscribing and reacting to it.

Movim is then just a way to access your content on the XMPP network (like your browser is accessing content on the Web). If you don't like Movim, you are also free to use one of the many other solutions to access your content and communicate with others… while keeping the same account!

Movim is easy to deploy

Movim is lightweight (only a few megabytes) and can be deployed on any server. We are providing a Docker image, a Debian package or a simple installation tutorial if you want to deploy it yourself.

The project only relies on widely used technologies like PHP, HTML5 and is fully compatible with MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite.

One instance can handle several hundreds of simultaneous sessions in real time.

We are also providing apps for Windows, macOS, Linux and Android that can easily be used for your own personnalized instance.

You can then build your own instance in a few clicks and host your own content while still being connected and explore the rest of the network.

Movim provides similar features to Tumblr's

Like Tumblr, it is possible to publish content in a few clicks, write articles (like this one), attach pictures or files. You can publish content on your own profile but also in Communities where you can collaborate with others and create a stream of articles around a topic and bring followers in.

It is possible to apply CSS stylesheets to fully customize your public blog.

It is also possible to share a content that you found on your own account, but also like and comment other people's content!

You can easily #tag content by putting #hashtags in your article or title. The other users will then be able to discover it while browsing tags on their own instance.

Movim has NSFW features built in. If you publish NSFW content, just add the nsfw tag and Movim will filter the content for the users who chose not to view it from their account. A spoiler overlay is also added in your news feed to prevent explicit content to be displayed on your screen while scrolling.

… but also provides more than Tumblr!

All the content published on Movim is broadcasted to your subscribers in real time! You will also be notified instantly for the likes and comments on your publications. A simple toggle will also allow you to publish your articles privately (restrict the publication to your subscribers) or publicly (share with the whole network).

Movim also provides a full, and modern Instant Messaging system, with chatrooms, message edition, stickers, video-conferencing and many more features… In a few clicks you'll be able to invite contacts and chat with them!

Movim is available on all the devices. Its fully responsive and the real-time UI allows you to access your content from your phone, tablet or computer and keep everything in sync.

So what are you waiting for? Come and try it!

If you have any concerns, questions, remarks or critics on the project, feel free to come to our official chatroom: and drop us a message.

That's all folks!

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  • 4 December, 2018 Kristian

    Well. Really? :) I love movim and other open, decentralized social networks. But if there's one thing *all* of these fall ages behind Tumblr, Twitter or any of the "big" players, then it's usability and accessibility for non-technical end users. We've got a lot of work to do here...

  • 4 December, 2018 Timothée Jaussoin

    I'd love to have your feedback on those concerns :)

  • 6 December, 2018 Kristian

    @Timothée Jaussoin Would feel happy to do so. How and where? :)

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    7 December, 2018 Udo Rader

    I'm curious.

    One of the reasons for Tumblr throwing out "adult" content from their site was because of their notoriously ineffective (if not to say incompetent) way to deal with highly illegal content and accounts on their site (mostly child pornography) plus a very defective "adult" mode, which again led to Apple throwing Tumblr out of their appstore and ad vendors threatening to withdraw from the platform.

    How is movim prepared to deal with illegal content or accounts?

    As a pod admin, I guess you throw someone out of your instance, but can you block someone from another pod?

    As a user, can you flag content or accounts (didn't figure out so far if or how you could do it)?

    And can I also block someone else?

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    15 February, 2019 Guillaume

    Porn lead to VHS beating Betamax, let's hope it benefits Movim as well