New section on switching.social, for blogging alternatives. First entry is @write_as :
It would be nice to have a wider range of blogging alternatives too, perhaps alternatives to Tumblr, Blogger and Livejournal?
If you have any suggestions, let me know.
(#Plume is still in alpha testing)
#ActivityPub support is now available to everyone! 🎉 🎊
Write.as blogs don't federate by default, so to enable it you can either sign up with our new page: https://write.as/new/blog/federated, or if you're already on Write.as, go to your blog's Customize page and click "Enable federation"
Note this also includes support for custom domains. So if your domain is hosted with us, you can now choose your handle when you enable federation and your blog will be accessible in the fediverse!
There's an important psychological privacy feature in federation: if your users can switch to another instance without leaving the network, an instance admin is less likely to abuse their power.
A big part of the reason Facebook, Twitter, Google etc do what they do is because they think users have no real choice but to accept their terms and conditions.
If e.g. FB was forced to federate, it would lose a lot of users with each privacy breach.
If the goal is to make it easy for non-technical people who are already hesitant to get into Mastodon, I think the default UI of Mastodon itself should be easy for first-timers.
If you have to tell people to log in to yet another instance for things to be "easy" you've already lost.
Federated social networks are confusing enough as it is.
Wow... it's a huge topic!
It gets difficult because there are so many different kinds of ethical clothing: high price, low price, environmentally sustainable, worker-friendly etc.
Maybe the easiest option is to buy second hand clothes: cheap, zero environmental impact (you're actually stopping them going into landfill) and zero sweatshops. If you buy it from a charity shop, the money goes towards a good cause too.
But I'm not any kind of expert on this :/
But it's an important issue!
Hiveway does sound like it was very dodgy 😟
But you're right, the layout looks much less intimidating to new users: