Friendica, the federated open source alternative to Facebook, has just released its 2018.09 update:
The 2018.12 update (due by the end of the year) will apparently include #ActivityPub support
You can also follow the Friendica blog at @news
That's great news, well done to everyone there! 👏
@switchingsocial Diaspora* has some catching up to do in terms of UI/UX.
@switchingsocial how does this compare to Hubzilla? I know they have similar roots but I found Hubzilla to be unintuitive and the learning curve was too difficult to imagine trying to recommend it to less techie-minded folks.
Friendica is much easier than Hubzilla.
Friendica is an FB-style social network, while Hubzilla is unclear about what it is supposed to be.
@switchingsocial that's what I was hoping for, I appreciate what Hubzilla is experiementing with but it needs to hide its complexity much better to gain traction.
I would like a Facebook-like alternative that provides closed social networking features, but I don't want to become the single point of tech support for my network which is certainly what I'd get on Hubzilla.
While I can appreciate advanced/experimental features, ultimately need to consider ease of use for anyone who might consider transitioning from fb.
@switchingsocial I didn't realize that Friendica was still going; though it got rolled into one of the many other projects like Tent/pump/etc.
Also, no one is going to #deletefacebook except celebrities who could afford to during that campaign. Don't get me wrong, not a fan of the wastebook platform, but I think there were other things at play:
Is there a Friendica instance I can just tie to FB and forget about engaging with people in the federated network? If not, I might be interested 😂
@switchingsocial You could, but don’t bother. I tried it and it’s full of corporate spam posts—just like Facebook— and people who got thrown off other social media platforms for being asshats. Otherwise—good luck. Hope you have a better experience than I did.
If you don't mind me saying, that's a bit unfair, it depends who you are following. Personally I found it very friendly and supportive 👍 Switching.social began on there.
(And if it federates with ActivityPub, you can use it as a FB-like interface to follow your fediverse friends.)
@switchingsocial I don’t mind you saying that but what I described was my actual experience. In a word, it was gross. Made me really appreciate Mastodon culture, fwiw. Because the culture you establish on the platform is just as important as the ownership or architecture.
The rare times I saw offensive stuff it was federated posts from Diaspora rather than being on Friendica itself.
The supportive atmosphere I mentioned was mainly Friendica members. The developers especially were keen to listen to feedback, and there's a good atmosphere on the support forum.
If they introduce AP on Friendica, the federated posts would skew towards the fediverse (which doesn't include Diaspora).
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@switchingsocial Ok well that might make a difference. Yes the offensive stuff was from Diaspora. If AP makes it skew towards the Fediverse, that might make a difference. But if it doesn’t exclude it completely, it could still be a nuisance. And it’s hard to block corporate bots on Friendica that come from Diaspora. I asked the Friendica instance support for help with blocking corporate bots but they gave me ZERO assistance. So I deleted my account.
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Did you try using the "superblock" addon to block unwanted accounts? (It's a bit too buried in the settings menus, but it does exist so perhaps could be made more prominent.)
About support, the best place to ask for help seems to be the general Friendica forum rather than the instance one. The general forum told me about superblock.
What's the difference with Diaspora*?
-Friendica includes photo albums, events and a forum system
-Friendica has very active developers adding new features etc, Diaspora's development seems to have stopped
-Friendica is getting ActivityPub so it will federate with the Fediverse (mastodon, pixelfed, peertube etc), Diaspora isn't getting AP
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.