@sir how does word processing translate to social networking at all?

@ThatSoftwareBat it's all the same shit. Proprietary document formats or proprietary protocols, there's no difference

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A social network isn’t really a protocol. It’s just some software. And an open-source social network can still collect people’s data.

There’s nothing stopping someone from forking Mastodon and setting up a rouge instance. Most people won’t check.

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@ThatSoftwareBat a social network isn't a protocol only as a business decision. Social networks embrace interopability as a hook to get users in but throw it away as soon as it's not necessary.

>There’s nothing stopping someone from forking Mastodon and setting up a rouge instance. Most people won’t check.

But some people will... and when it comes out that someone has been, then switching to another is possible with little fanfare. The same does not hold of Facebook et al.

@sir @ThatSoftwareBat "There’s nothing stopping someone from forking Mastodon and setting up a rouge instance. Most people won’t check."

uh.... hiveway?

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> But some people will... and when it comes out that someone has been, then switching to another is possible with little fanfare. The same does not hold of Facebook et al.

You sure about that? Facebook and co. have disclosed that this was happening for years in their privacy policy. No one read it. No one cared. The problem isn't the source code; it's the people.

@ThatSoftwareBat but users on Facebook have no where else to go. They leave behind all of their friends and family if they leave.

@sir I get what you're saying but it isn't easy to switch hosts. You can't bring your followers with you and your old profile doesn't redirect to the new one. It's closer to switching a cell number than switching a hosting company.

@rocky1138 @sir yeah but those who want to see your stuff will follow. Same as getting a new phone number; those who want to get hold of you will get it.

The tombstone redirects on mastodon aren’t a bad implementation.

And yeah, as of now someone could be harvesting everything up. Good on them

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