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I think my philosophy when making software is that it should work for people with zero money or no bank account / credit card.

I know it's not a popular mindset to be in since money and profit is everything in the tech world.

I think it comes from growing up as a kid with no disposable income or access to anything but my shitty computer.

I'd rather support people with almost nothing than people with latest and greatest tech gizmos and spare cash for subscription services. 😅

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Thread of stuff I wanna buy. Will "like" my own toot if I get it.

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I'm gonna use this yhread as a way to keep track of links to read and like my own posts when I get around to them.

Can people just skip straight to publishing their stuff in some reasonable form where it already feels like Reader Mode (or unclutter.it)? That way there's no need to download all the auxiliary junk that gets stripped out/cleaned up in the first place... (and no need to run the extension)

I'm a bit disappointed that all the discourse in the #gemini hashtag is about Google's newest large language model and not the powerful, minimalist hypertext protocol.

BTW! i'm currently at in . I'm the person with the purpleish hair and mask! Feel free to chat me up if you see me 🥳

@mauve I just tried #SocialInbox with Sutty, and I'm super impressed by it how smooth its all working. Already fully set up and visible in the fediverse as well. Really cool stuff

Distributed.Press incorporates existing dweb protocols to expand the possibilities of digital publishing.

The Social Inbox is thus an expansion of this effort to decentralize web publishing, allowing people to integrate their website with the Fediverse and to engage with readers there.

Follow @hyphacoop's blog Dripline and receive new posts directly into your timeline @dripline @hypha.coop

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Also! Make sure to follow @mai who's been helping coordinate all this stuff, @akhileshthite that worked hard to code the features and do editing, and the folks at @sutty who who made the jekyll plugin, integrated all this into their CMS, and made sure this stuff was all working!

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📣 Announcing DP Social Inbox!

I've had the pleasure of contributing to the development of the #DistributedPress Social Inbox with an incredibly talented team at hypha.coop @dripline.
This tool brings social interactions to static websites on the decentralized web.
hypha.coop/dripline/announcing

Hah, I love how this diagram turned out but it sucks that there's no easier way to make it screen reader friendly.

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Super excited that our new implementation, the has got it's official announcement out! If you want to add or support to your existing site, do hit us up! :)

hypha.coop/dripline/announcing

Announcing Distributed.Press Social Inbox 1.0 

People Network by The Laundry Room via Stocksy

Our new feature brings social interactions to static websites on the decentralized web.

Hypha and Sutty are thrilled to announce the release of the Social Inbox, a new feature of Distributed.Press that integrates a website’s comment section with federated social media platforms like Mastodon. With the Social Inbox enabled, websites obtain their own account on the Fediverse, allowing it to automatically send out new posts to followers at the time of publication. When other users reply to posts, you can approve them to be published to the site as comments. The Social Inbox allows readers to directly engage with your posts where they already are, and gives publishers the ability to incorporate public dialogue into their websites.

Failures of Existing Social Media

Big social media services, like X/Twitter and Instagram, centralize all control over the data, content, and interactions on their platforms. They moderate messages on their platforms with little transparency or accountability, leading to posts and entire accounts being censored with no explanation. Additionally, corporate social media platforms have an insatiable hunger for data. They surveil every aspect of our interactions — from what we post, what we “like”, who we follow, to minute details of where our attention lingers. This data is used to feed their algorithms in order to maximize the influence, and therefore profitability, of the ads they show to their users.

Their intrusive practices extend into the timeline itself, by manipulating what posts appear and inserting “suggested” content that we never ask to see. Major social media platforms regularly comply with government requests to hand over personal data without a court warrant. And we have witnessed how an entire social media network can be sold to a billionaire with no regard for the impact this would have on global public discourse.

ActivityPub: A Decentralized Alternative

In the face of the failures of existing social media platforms, there have been many attempts to build viable alternatives. Out of these, one of the most thriving networks is what is collectively called the Fediverse — an ecosystem of social media platforms that rely on the ActivityPub social data standard.

Instead of having a platform contain the accounts, messages, and interactions concentrated on one website, ActivityPub allows users with accounts on different websites to communicate with each other. This is similar to how email works; you can send an email to someone else regardless of what email service they use. By enabling anyone to set up their own “instance” or social media server, ActivityPub allows people to decide who has control over their data. They can decide to host their own instance, or choose one from among the thousands of others who offer hosting services. The ActivityPub standard allows data to be hosted across thousands of different instances, while still being able to follow and send messages between them.

One of the perennial problems with social media is content moderation. ActivityPub is distinct in that it allows each instance to decide for themselves how to moderate messages on their servers. This helps ensure that a given user or community can shape their own moderation policies, instead of an unaccountable, centralized authority. Fediverse instances can even decide to subscribe to community-curated blocklists, which can be actively shaped and used across many servers, by people who understand their community needs and agree on what kind of dialogue they would like to have or not have appear in their timelines.

As a result, the Fediverse continues to grow in its potential as a diversified network of interoperable social media applications.

Social Inbox for the Decentralized Web

From its inception, Distributed.Press has incorporated existing decentralized web protocols to expand the possibilities of web publishing. It is important for us to incorporate ActivityPub into Distributed.Press given its flexibility and popular use as a social media protocol.

Social Inbox Flowchart

Through our existing suite of tools, it’s already possible to publish static Jekyll websites to the DWeb. With static websites, code and content are delivered to the browser as simple HTML/CSS files, without having to access an external server to load content. The benefit of static websites is that they load faster, do not use plug-ins that require constant updates, and tend to be more secure overall. We realized that we could lean on these features, while incorporating social interactions into websites using ActivityPub.

So over the course of this year, we built the Social Inbox, which allows people to integrate their website with the Fediverse and to engage with readers there. You can read more about the technical details of how the Social Inbox works.

With the Social Inbox enabled on your site, you can:

Post to the Fediverse: New articles can be posted to the Fediverse where followers can read, re-post, favorite, and send replies.

Approve replies as comments: When posts receive replies on the Fediverse, the website owner can approve them as reader comments that are then posted alongside the original article on the website.

Streamline moderation: Approve messages and follow requests one-by-one, automate the process on your own, or subscribe to existing block lists. (For now, Distributed.Press subscribes to GardenFence to automatically block servers that have shown to be sources of hateful rhetoric, harassment, and spam.)

Download your follower list: If you would rather move your account to a different server, you can switch your Social Inbox instance very easily without needing to change the domain name for your site.

To see which Fediverse clients are compatible with the Social Inbox, you can follow this Github issue.

For Mastodon and Pixelfed users: Please note that when someone follows your website’s Fediverse account for the first time, they will receive new posts as they’re published. That also means that they will not see any previous posts due to Mastodon not preemptively fetching the full lists of posts from our outbox. If this something you’d like to be addressed, you can comment on the Mastodon issue tracker, or work with us by chiming into our issue tracker to see what you can do to help.

Sutty Integration

If you aren’t able or interested in coding your way to creating a static website or implementing the Social Inbox yourself, we have also integrated it into Sutty, a content management system for static Jekyll websites. All you need to do is set up a website on their platform and enable the Social Inbox in the configuration panel. Then, you will see a panel that will allow you to approve/deny replies as comments to your posts.

All of Sutty’s templates are compatible with the Social Inbox, in addition to the Magazine template, which is based on the layout of COMPOST magazine, our sister project.

For a step-by-step guide on how to use the Social Inbox with Sutty, check out this demo video.

If you’re already on the Fediverse, you can search @dripline@hypha.coop from your instance and follow our posts!

Getting Started

There are a few ways to try out the Social Inbox:

Sutty: Create a static website on Sutty and use the Social Inbox panel on their platform admin panel: https://sutty.nl/en/

Do it yourself: Check out our documentation to see how you can set up the Social Inbox on your existing (or future) static website: https://docs.distributed.press/

Hire us to help: If you already have a static website publishing pipeline, but want to publish to IPFS and Hypercore and implement the Social Inbox, get in touch with us at hello@distributed.press and we can help you out. :)

What’s Next

Our next area of focus is to make it easier for people to discover websites and blogs on the DWeb. Essentially, we’re developing automation on top of Distributed Press that will announce newly published accounts in a format that can be subscribed to on the Fediverse.

We also see the Social Inbox, particularly the Inbox Server, as a stepping stone towards further decentralization. We hope to make publishing and social media local-first and peer-to-peer(p2p) by creating paths to data storage that puts the data closer to the end user. For example, all the data related to your website and its social interactions could be hosted on your own computer, or another local server of your choosing. One of our next steps in this direction will be to create a p2p-enabled Fediverse client and a specification for loading ActivityPub content from p2p protocols.

Also, if you’re a developer on another static site generator (that isn’t Jekyll), please reach out if you’re interested in building a similar plug-in to integrate ActivityPub into your publishing workflow.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

Support Us!

Love what we do and want to help sustain this project? You can support us on Open Collective with a one-time gift or monthly donation.

About this project

Distributed.Press is a joint collaboration between two tech worker co-operatives, Hypha Worker Co-operative based in Toronto, Canada and Sutty based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The project is made possible through generous support from Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web, Grant for the Web, and our supporters on Open Collective.

Distributed.Press is the sister project to COMPOST, a magazine about the digital commons. You can read our third issue of COMPOST here: https://three.compost.digital/

Additional Links

The Distributed Press Social Inbox - How does it work?
A New Medium for Your Messages, from COMPOST Issue 03
Distributed Press Documentation
Hypha Worker Co-op
Sutty
Github issue for inbox

When the types get strong the strong get typing.

Having ublock origin on your mobile browser is a game changer - and soon Firefox will be the only way to get it on your desktop browser too.

Remember Google's plan described in discovery documents from one of its antitrust lawsuits: in the name of privacy, block 3rd party ads and use the dominance of chrome to only allow google ads at the browser level. Your browser choice is not a neutral choice, google sees it as an integral part of their strategy to monopolize ads, and with that the entire web.

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diaspora.im - a fedi server for us 

your monthly reminder that diaspora.im is a server for bipoc folks tired of the very white fedi ...

this server is managed by me - fyrfli - alone at the moment. we are still small so just me is ok for the time being. i am keeping an eye out for help, tho... especially if we start growing.

anywho:

boost this if you know someone who's getting silenced and ignored when they talk about their lives.
boost this if you like the idea of more bipoc spaces on the fedi
boost this if you like it here and want other folks to come share the joy
boost this if you just like boosting things...

eh ... boost this cos ... why not.

:boost:

ETA funding link if you so desire.

None of this is new, and none of the bad effects have abated at scale enough to relax. New projects are still being started on react and angular. The JS emitters have no shame because they largely don't think they did anything wrong.

Something something "interactivity" (for rich users) something something.

A decade ago, a tribe of JS partisans took the web by the reins, forked HTML and JS syntax, and yeeted userland abstractions into the critical path because "a better user experience".

This was premised on the idea that everyone's CPUs/networks would get faster the way their top-end phones did.

They could not have been more wrong.

JS-first web development has been a planetary-scale exercise in the rich making life harder for the less well-off.

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infrequently.org/2022/12/perfo

hello world 

Welcome to our COMPOST News blog!

We're going to use this site to publish all updates related to COMPOST and Distributed.Press, as well as other going-ons in the decentralized/distributed/peer-to-peer web ecosystem.

More to come soon — stay tuned.

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