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    I do want to kind of make a plea that I think everyone on the team has really good intentions.

    Maybe the team has good intentions. Zuck the Fuck certainly doesn’t

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      That’s the problem. I can see a future where very few users and trolls “opt-in” to fediverse integration and for a while meta doesn’t rock the boat and actually contributes to the fediverse as a whole.

      But Zuck would have us under ransom. All he has to do, if the fediverse starts threatening his business is turn on all accounts for federation, and it would quickly overwhelm the small independent operators. The fediverse would essentially be controlled by meta.

      It’s the parable of the frog and the scorpion

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        I think it more likely that over time, after threads has captured enough of the user base fleeing Twitter and other social media platforms, threads will start pushing a sub-fediverse of sorts that will involve most of the major fediverse platforms, i.e. the ones run by people who attend the get togethers Meta invites them to. Slowly but surely that will be cemented as the primary “section” of the fediverse, “the Meta-fediverse”, and in order to join it, you’ll have to commit to their standards. And just like that, the decentralized platform has become centralized.

        They’re willing to play with all the kids on the playground right now, but that will change. It’s bizarre to me that the fediverse has such a strong population of left-leaning users, that all came here spitting on the capitalist-poisoned platforms they fled, and yet somehow there are so many people around here that don’t see the danger of letting Meta in. They will find a way to fuck all of this up.

        Committing to the idea of the fediverse will not benefit their bottom line in the long run. It is antithetical to the platform dominance that creates their profits.

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          Yep. I very much agree with all of you. Here’s how I phrased it in Embrace, Extend, and Exploit: Meta’s plan for ActivityPub, Mastodon and the fediverse

          Of course, if and when Meta sees the fediverse as a significant threat, they’ll ruthlessly stamp it out.

          But right now, they’ve got a huge potential longer-term opportunity to coopt the fediverse as a basis for decentralized surveillance capitalism. It might not work out, of course, but even if it doesn’t keeping a neutered fediverse around might still be useful to Meta as long as it’s not a threat to their dominance (just as Google subsidizes the Firefox browser).

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        I really don’t understand the fearmongering around this. If that happens, instances just defederate. At worst there is a few hours or days of chaos. Doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.

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      i don’t know why they “trust me” dumb fucks

      Real quote from Mark Fuckerburg.

      yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard just ask i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns

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      I blocked them on my instance last year. Fuck threads and any instance that goes along with them.

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          That’s precisely why I left L.W. They also were removing community posts voicing opposition to threads federation. I witnessed it firsthand, where posts I commented in (and in which the majority of comments opposed it) were removed.

          Now they removed the piracy communities again after promising not to. They are straight up untrustworthy and don’t care about what their users actually want.

          I am happy on feddit.de. They are defederated from Threads and the tankie instances.

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              I hadn’t noticed until the posts were weeks old, so I didn’t want to dig thru the mod log…

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      If not Threads, what would you suggest to bring the billions of people who are stuck in legacy social media into the Fediverse?

      If not Threads, how else can we convince small businesses to have an online presence beyond their Facebook pages?

      If not Threads, how else do you want to bring mainstream media out of Twitter?

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        If not Threads, what would you suggest to bring the billions of people who are stuck in legacy social media into the Fediverse?

        Why do we need to bring billions of people here again?

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          Because 90% of everything is crap, so the only way to make this better than the alternatives is to have larger absolute numbers and hope that we can find enough of the non-crappy 10%.

          I’ll be honest with you: the only thing that the Fediverse has over the alternatives is the ethical superiority, but if I were just looking for quality content, this would be the last place I would be looking for.

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            If you are after larger numbers of people, why are you here and not on legacy social media where the numbers mean those platforms are better in your opinion?

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              Doesn’t “the only thing that the Fediverse has over the alternatives is the ethical superiority” answer that?

              I am here because I want it to succeed, not because it has.

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                Not sure what you mean by ethical superiority? There’s some pretty horrible and unethical instances on the fediverse… And I disagree with you that mass numbers of people means success

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                  I am talking about the ethos of open source and decentralized systems, not the general ethics or the values of particular people or instances that are here.

                  mass numbers of people means success

                  It’s not so much about “attracting mass numbers of people”, but becoming more than just a point for fringe groups. IOW, can we make it minimally interesting for normies? Can we go beyond the “techie/anime-manga/pretentious college student/socially awkward/neurodivergent” demographic? Could we perhaps make the Fediverse a place that can be attractive for, e.g, photographers? Car Enthusiasts? Fashionistas? Wood workers? Amateur triathletes?

                  IMO, reddit’s value was never in the large communities. Aside from /r/soccer, none of the subreddits I joined had more than 500k subscribers. But the thing is: the reason that Reddit managed to have so many interesting communities in the long tail was because they managed to attract such a large number of people that even those in far tail end could still find like-minded people.

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        I don’t need or want those assholes here. Why do i want small business here? Why do i want facebook idiot grammas here? What would the point be? Fuck threads

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          Seconded. There’s no need to have them here. The toxicity of FB, “fake news”, and the trolling that goes with it can stay the hell away from the fediverse. There’s enough to deal with here with issues from places like hexbear, CSAM, and whatever else, we don’t need knuckledraggers posting “only ‘60s kids will get this” BS along with “each upvote is a prayer for trump” or some shit.

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            You did, honestly. Having to read useless copycat comments (like the reply you just farted out) on Reddit everyday is why i left them. Not all of them are drooling wankers without a shred of imagination, but the loudest ones definitely were.

            To think for a second that they should remake this place in their image angers me.

            Ignorance and arrogance anger me.

            You anger me.

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            Not the OP, but Eternal September references the massive culture impact on Usenet when ISPs started lowering the barrier to joining the then somewhat exclusive forum-esque part of the internet.

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              Gatekeeping the fediverse while also wanting it to stay alive and to not be “EEE” my meta won’t work unfortunately.

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                I agree, but it’s a hard pill to swallow that Meta is the best partner to grow the fediverse. There are real lessons to learn from Embrace, Extend, Extinguish (look at XMPP and Google), not to mention privacy concerns and content moderation issues that seem to be a “feature” for Meta products vs bugs.

                I’m not sure what Zuck is up to, but for whatever it’s worth I think the best think the fediverse can do is be somewhat reactive to Meta’s movements.

                If instances start getting overwhelmed with content, then block.

                If Meta starts showing signs of EEE, then instances can block.

                And us users can move to instances that we feel match our personal stances on things - hate Facebook like the plague? Look at one of the defederated/blocking instances. Do you miss interacting with a larger audience? Stay on instances that are embracing (or withholding judgment) the Meta federation.

                It’s a complex topic to be sure, and the only way we’ll know the right way to deal with it is with the benefit of hindsight in a few years

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                  If Meta starts showing signs of EEE, then instances can block.

                  Well it looks like they’re at the first E, there, buddy. Look at what they’ve already done to the internet, to your country, to the world. You want to give them the benefit of the doubt?

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              I used to have a 5-digit Slashdot ID, I am familiar with Eternal September. ;)

              What I wanted to understand from OP is: what makes them think that the Fediverse (in general) in some type of enlightened vanguard that we should be “afraid” of the masses?

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          Slow growth is incompatible with anything that requires network effects.

          And if we are talking about quality alone, then the Fediverse products are already lagging behind Bluesky and Nostr, and the current user base is so reactionary that trend will be that we’ll keep losing ground.

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            In what way is slow growth incompatible with anything that requires network effects?

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              Because this will only become interesting once we have a critical mass. 50k MAU is far from if. If we grow 10% YoY, we will certainly lose out to someone else who is willing to grow faster.

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                Makes some sense, but market ownership doesn’t only go up, it goes down too. Services absolutely have downturns as well, and that’s what we’re really relying on. Like, reddits troubles the past year, for instance.

                Also, note, we still have user-facing issues to resolve. This platform in its current form has a limited appeal to non-techy people. That won’t change until the front-end gets more development and features. As it stands, average non-techy user pokes around a little bit and goes “ehhhh”, and it’s not necessarily due to a lack of content. That’s just a singular factor.

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                  For all “Reddit’s troubles” last year, they still managed to have revenue growth of 21% to more than $800 million.

                  That won’t change until the front-end gets more development and features (…) not necessarily due to a lack of content.

                  I really disagree. Yeah, there are many issues to solve, but content is king and we simply don’t have it. The current experience with Lemmy can be summarized as:

                  • Two Minutes Hate “news” communities: where everyone tries to out-do each other on their display of rage at $rich_person, $the_other_party and $big_corporation
                  • Meta-discussions about the Fediverse, like this one.

                  It’s only appealing for the terminally online. There is nothing for normies to be minimally curious about. The reason that, e.g, my wife, still has Facebook installed and never cared about installing a Lemmy client is not because of “technical challenges” but Facebook has groups that she likes to follow and nothing interesting to her here.

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        They can join a proper instance instead of a gigantic corporate-controlled one.

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        Why should I care about any of that? Let them come one by one if they’re so inclined.

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        If not Threads, how do we turn this FOSS venture free of corporate interference into a new avenue for a mega corporation to harvest all of our data for profit?

        If not Threads, how will we ever ruin this place by turning it into Reddit?

        If not Threads, who will I shill for?

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          Right, you are so above all of this. You bring so much fun to the Fediverse and the rest of the world has nothing to offer you.

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    if threads does federate(i’ll believe it when i see it) im glad i’ll have a way to interact with irls who don’t know what a mastodon is without having to make an account on fb’s stuff.

    if they ever do anything fishy, and they will. i’ll move instances.

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    While Meta might have ulterior motives for fediverse integration this might also be just one way to comply with Europes new DMA regulation.

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      The EU is pushing antitrust against tech monopolies for all it’s worth. For anyone with half an eye on the EU it’s glaringly obvious why Meta is doing this, and all the conspiracy theorists stumbling over each other on the Fediverse just look like clowns.

      It’s not about EEE, it’s not about flooding the Fediverse with trolls (?) or about taking over the market share of Mastodon (??). It’s about making a genuine-looking claim that they are not monopolist. Same reason they are working on the Signal protocol for WhatsApp.

      It’s not exactly rocket science. It’s just successful regulation.

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        Like all the EU tech regulations it means well but in the end it is just making everything a shittier experience.

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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    During the FediForum conference on Tuesday, Meta’s Peter Cottle showed off a brief demo of how users will eventually be able to connect their accounts and posts to the fediverse.

    As you can see in the video below, which FediForum shared with The Verge, Cottle can navigate to his Threads account settings and toggle on an option called “fediverse sharing.” Meta will then show a pop-up explaining what exactly the fediverse is, along with some disclaimers Meta will flag to users so they know what they’re getting into.

    First, Meta notes that users will need to have a public profile to toggle on the feature, something Instagram head Adam Mosseri has already mentioned.

    In other words, your post may still be visible on, say, a linked Mastodon server, even if you decide to delete it with Threads.

    “I think this is a downside of the protocol that we use today, but I think it’s important to let people know that if you post something and another server grabs a copy, we can’t necessarily enforce it,” Cottle says.

    The FediForum is an online event that gives developers the opportunity to show off what they’re working on in the fediverse.


    The original article contains 588 words, the summary contains 198 words. Saved 66%. I’m a bot and I’m open source!

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    In other words, your post may still be visible on, say, a linked Mastodon server, even if you decide to delete it with Threads.

    “I think this is a downside of the protocol that we use today, but I think it’s important to let people know that if you post something and another server grabs a copy, we can’t necessarily enforce it,” Cottle says.

    … it’s not a downside of the protocol, it’s just a literal impossibility. Once someone’s downloaded something, you can’t do a thing to take it back.