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    Togethr: Soprani.ca Social

    Stephen Paul Weber · Wednesday, 11 May - 20:45 · 2 minutes

Last week we launched a sister product from the same team that brings you JMP: Togethr.  Why are we launching a second product?  Why now?  What does this have to do with the mission of JMP in particular, or the Sopranica project in general?

Togethr is a managed hosting platform for small Fediverse instances.  It is powered by the ActivityPub protocol that powers Mastodon, PeerTube, and so many others.  While there are several social networking solutions that build on XMPP (just like JMP does), and indeed we use one for this blog, we chose to go with something else for Togethr.  Does that mean we don’t have hope for XMPP in the social space?  No, rather it is an admission that the largest network for people to interact with in this way exists on ActivityPub-compatible software, and people need a solution they can use today.

As it grows, Togethr gives us the “skin in the game” motivation to bridge these worlds.  We are not the only ones interested in bridging the XMPP and ActivityPub worlds together, in fact the Libervia project is currently working on a grant to produce a first version of a gateway, that should be generally usable later this year.  We hope to eventually roll out an update that makes every Togethr instance seamlessly be both ActivityPub and XMPP without anyone needing to change their address.

Why not wait until “everything is ready” to go live with XMPP and ActivityPub at the same time?  Well, people need a solution.  Many people fleeing silos or otherwise being attracted to federated social networking find that self-hosting is too complicated, or they just don’t have the time to dedicate to it.  Many of these people end up creating an account on a giant volunteer-run instance, joining yet another silo (albeit a nicely federated one) run by admins they don’t know with financial and mental pressures they cannot understand.

Togethr gives people looking to federate their digital social networking experience full control without requiring systems administration knowledge or time.  Our team not only keeps the instance running, but provides support for users who may not be familiar with the software or the fediverse in general and need help getting everything set up.  However, there is no lock-in and people can easily move to another host or self-hosting at any time.  For example, if someone got an instance example.party and created the user person they would have address person@example.party just like you would expect on any Fediverse instance.  However, since they control the domain they could move to a different host or self-host, point the domain at the new instance, copy over their data, and no one has to “follow me at my new address”, everything just keeps working.

While we believe that single-user instances are the pinnacle of federation, Togethr does not limit the way people want to use it.  People may have family or friends they want to share posts with, who might not be motivated to join the Fediverse but will accept a personal invitation.  So every Togethr instance allows the customer to invite whoever they would like to join them on the instance, in order to smooth the onboarding for friends and family.  We hope that this can provide an option for people looking to take control over more of their digital life.

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    Add your Fediverse Profile, or find people and topics with similar interests, on the Fediverse.Info site

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 8 May - 21:06

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Their goal is to encourage the adoption of the fediverse by providing an extensive guide and lists of resources for the community. It uses the hashtags found on your profile to establish what your interests are. All you have to do is to add a supplied hasthtag #fedi22 to your profile, and then add the URL or webfinger for your profile.

Most ActivityPub projects are supported (eg. Mastodon, Pixelfed, etc), and your profile will automatically be re-crawled after 7 days so that updated hashtags can be linked.

See https://fediverse.info/explore/people

#technology #fediverse #activitypub #fedi22 #discover

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    Joining Two Open Protocols: XMPP-ActivityPub Gateway

    debacle · pubsub.movim.eu / berlin-xmpp-meetup · Wednesday, 9 March - 14:34

Joining Two Open Protocols: XMPP-ActivityPub Gateway

Goffi from Libervia (formerly know as "Salut à toi") will present his current project.

When?TODAY, Wednesday, 2022-03-09 18:00 CET (always 2ⁿᵈ Wednesday of every month)

Where? This time not in xHain hack+makespace, Grünberger Str. 16, 10243 Berlin, but online at meet.in-berlin.de. In our virtual room xmpp:berlin-meetup@conference.conversations.im?join a link will be posted right before the meeting start.

See you later!

#jabber #xmpp #community #xhain #freesoftware #berlin #meetup #federation #libervia #activitypub #fediverse

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    Mastodon and most other Fediverse platforms display posts chronologically, without any algorithms. On your feed you will see all the posts from all the people you follow, in the order they posted them. Because of this, if you post something important you may want to boost it again later in the day so that people in different time zones have a better chance of seeing it. #MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse #TimeZones

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    WordPress blogs can integrate with the ActivityPub protocol to Fediverse social networks

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 27 December - 20:57

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The plugin implements the ActivityPub protocol for your blog. Your readers will be able to follow your blogposts on Mastodon and other federated platforms that support ActivityPub.

The plugin works with the following federated platforms:

  • Mastodon
  • Pleroma
  • Friendica
  • HubZilla
  • Pixelfed
  • SocialHome
  • Misskey

See https://wordpress.org/plugins/activitypub/

#technology #WordPress #activitypub #fediverse #decentralised

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    Each network on the Fediverse is made up of lots of independent servers, called "instances". You can see all the latest public posts and boosts on your home instance by clicking "Local" at the side of the screen. It can be a good place to find new people to follow. However, on larger instances this Local feed may be an unreadable firehose of posts that scrolls far too quickly. This is why a lot of people prefer being on smaller instances that match their interests. #FediTips #Fediverse #MastoTips #Mastodon #Instances

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    The Fediverse is a collection of independently run federated servers used for web publishing and social networking, connected by open standards

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Saturday, 23 October, 2021 - 14:42

The Fediverse is an ensemble of federated (i.e. interconnected) servers that are used for web publishing (i.e. social networking, microblogging, blogging, or websites) and file hosting, but which, while independently hosted, can communicate with each other. On different servers (instances), users can create so-called identities. These identities are able to communicate over the boundaries of the instances because the software running on the servers supports one or more communication protocols which follow an open standard.

As an identity on the fediverse, users are able to post text and other media, or to follow posts by other identities. In some cases, users can even show or share data (video, audio, text, and other files) publicly or to a selected group of identities and allow other identities to edit other users' data (such as a calendar or an address book).

These communication protocols, which implement open standards, are used in the fediverse: ActivityPub, Diaspora Network, OStatus, and Zot. The diagram on the linked page shows really well how these services connect through the different protocols which they support.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fediverse

#technology #openstandards #opensource #Fediverse #socialnetworks

  • Fediverse

    The Fediverse (a portmanteau of "federation" and "universe") is an ensemble of federated (i.e. interconnected) servers that are used for web publishing (i.e. social networking, microblogging, blogging, or websites) and file hosting, but which, while independently hosted, can communicate with each other. On different servers (instances), users can create so-called identities. These identities are able to communicate over the boundaries of the instances because the software running on the servers supports one or more communication protocols which follow an open standard. As an identity on the fediverse, users are able to post text and other media, or to follow posts by other identities. In some cases, users can even show or share data (video, audio, text, and other files) publicly or to a selected group of identities and allow other identities to edit other users' data (such as a calendar or an address book). History In 2008, the social network identi.ca was founded by Evan Prodromou. He published the software GNU social under a free license (GNU Affero General Public License, AGPL). It defined the OStatus protocol. Besides the...

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    The Fediverse - It's about Protocols, not Platforms (Just pick any Social Network and Connect)

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 11 October, 2021 - 20:00

An interesting blog post below about someone being "forced off" Facebook (a centralised monolithic platform) and discovering the Fediverse of different social networks, all connected together by the ActivityPub protocol. Nothing even stops you self-hosting your own social network node and managing that yourself for family or friends.

Not only do the decentralised nodes of one social network all interconnect, but so do completely different social network platforms. So Mastodon connects with PixelFed, which connects with Bookwyrm, Friendica, Hubzilla, PeerTube, and more, and so it goes on.

See https://fediverse.blog/~/ExploringTheFediverse/Protocols,%20not%20Platforms!/

#technology #activitypub #fediverse #deletefacebook #socialnetworks