rule of thumb: decentralised technology is only as good as the least technically inclined user who is empowered run it themselves
bittorrent: this is the benchmark
fediverse: good luck mate
I still firmly believe we need to reclaim web 1.0 and the good bits of 2.0; build a website, write a blog, follow each others’ RSS feeds, and help each other to do so
@ticky I agree but even in the website era most people didn't run their own host.
We have always been vulnerable to this
@ticky Indieweb is all about that! Self-ran sites. RSS. Protocols to interact with the other sites. Ability to syndicate content, and also being able to post to fedi if desired.
@TakeV heh, I've no idea how but my WP installation is crawling along since 2004 🙃
Probably undead at this point.
Anyway please do and best of luck! Choice is good.
@ticky RSS is so good (conceptually I can't say a lot for the state of the standards) it's sad that everything became centralized
And then the transition happened so quickly.
And then "influencers" were born from festering pile, powered by sponsorships, and so many people wanted to be an influencer because it looked like a fun ideal "job".
The internet got insane really quickly.
@Ky unlike back in the day things where sponsorship didn't exist... b/c baywatch is a myth? also those photos of celebs holding products are faked... also sports money just comes from the aether... ads are new things i guess... /s but also way to be a stereotype lol
@dirething bit different, those celebrities had a far and wide reach before the internet.
But they didn't get famous for being FROM the internet, they got famous elsewhere.
Waynes World highlighted this nonsense.
Show me an "influencer" (as we define it today) from the age of chat rooms and forums, geocities and angelfire, that kind of thing. I'm sure one or two unicorns might have existed, but im not talking about "That one guy who posted in everything and everyone in the General forum knew"
@dirething but also it took a bit of effort to get to that status in the first place. You had to be on TV, or put out a great song, or produce a profoundly impactful piece of art like a painting or something.
These days, you can just following a fuckload of accounts on twitter, get some follow backs, prune, rinse and repeat until you got 5k followers, then start asking for "representation". It's not exactly hard to do 🤷♂️
@ticky I love blogs, but it's just a bit hard to find the good ones, if I want to stay away from major corps. Is there a good way to search for those private blogs?
@RetroJohn@walkman.social @email@example.com Good Blogs are surely hard to find in the web we live in. (Speaking from experience here) Discoverability is hard especially if you want to run said blog privacy-conscious.
The commercialized web makes it very hard to be found without appeasing to the search-engine overlords by doing SEO.
Its kinda sad really. The only solution I could think of is to just have open eyes and look around some places like fedi
@RetroJohn@walkman.social @firstname.lastname@example.org It is kinda hard I would say. Since blogger and stuff like medium tend to feature a lot of stuff under one roof making it far easier to discover stuff. While I am using wordpress for the “big" blog and plume for the "smaller" one both are self-hosted so discovering any of those two would requiere either good word of mouth and/or a good ranking on the big search engines so you have even a chance to get noticed.
Either that or you a genius in social media marketing and the algorythm likes you.
@ticky I normally like longer form text - which is why I like Mastodon better than Twitter - but I feel like the social aspect of blogs is the hardest thing (for me at least). I guess most people write blogs because they want them to be read. And I mostly felt like I writing to a public of zero, when I've tried to make a blog happen.
@RetroJohn@walkman.social @email@example.com It is kinda like that at first. Sometimes I still think that way. Though through some netwotking I have atleast some people that read the stuff I write. Not many but some.
I met some really nice people getting that blog somewhere. Some of them I even call my friends and blog collegue-writers by now. So I think it was worth it.
That said I still had the likes of twitter and youtube to even achieve that much.
@ticky Some of us never stopped. My blog hit it's 13th anniversary on 17th. Just my place where I talk about nonsense that is important to me... mostly games.
@ticky I’ve been advocating this for years
No one listens
Because you can’t be a sponsored global influencer on a special interest group when your reach is only a couple thousand or so lol
But I truly believe the best internet was an interconnected set of communities that while separate, everyone could find a special home base to be in.
Also yeah my bookmark folder of “friends sites” has diminished to nothing and I’d like to see that filled out again
@ticky What may happen in the future is that people will eventually get to own their identity on the internet and thereby have a namespace they can do whatever they want with. The storage will be distributed. I've been keeping a close eye on Unlimited Domans and IPFS and digital ID tech. Until then, to really go Indie, you have to host your own literal site and the single point of failure is still your hardware.
@tkenben I’m not really convinced that single point of failure is an issue for most people, owning your own space is much more important than the content of your space being distributed/immutable, and already entirely practical with current technology and hosting providers
@ticky Owning your own space is fine. Are you proposing everything is word of mouth? Meaning, instead of DNS, you have web rings and publicly available "lists" of IP addresses? I could live in such a world. As for decentralized, I was just saying I'm pretty sure that will be the norm in the future, not a requirement; it will simply become convention.
@tkenben no, I’m just saying I don’t think there’s an inherent problem with DNS as it currently exists
@ticky With DNS, you don't really own your space. Your domain provider does. Well, actually ICANN has complete control. But, if there's no issue there, then you're fine.
So, in this scenario, a person that wants a space just has to sign up with a provider, get a digital certificate, pay the yearly fee, and host a web server. I'm confused. People already do this. Are you saying it would be better if everyone did?
@tkenben I’m saying that with the advent of platform capitalism this has become something only highly technical people do; writing simple HTML used to be a normal skill for average people on the web (see all of geocities’ history, neopets, every site hosted on ISP web space, for examples), today’s siloed platforms traded ownership for convenience
@ticky I see. Doesn't DNS effectively separate you from the silo, though? You still own the data unless you are using an app where you agreed that you don't (like youtube or centralized social media).
I guess I'm being silly, though. I see where you are coming from. You have autonomy of the content that only you are responsible for.