Boris Mann

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9:43pm Sunday

  • Created: April 04, 2021

Peter Clark @plc asks:

I really want a simple, thoughtfully private, not owned by a tech conglomerate, photo sharing app that is really nicely designed. like instagram in 2010. does this exist?

I answered with links to
A hosted microblogging service that uses [[Hugo]] static site generator underneath. Supports [[IndieWeb]], [[Micropub]], ActivityPub and more independent and open web protocols.
Founded by [[Manton Reece]].
[[Recommended]] for people who want to run a blog on their own domain, while still being able to cross post to Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, Tumblr, and Mastodon. Also supports podcasts and videos at premium accounts.

I pay for an account to run my microblog at ...
and the Sunlit client and ActivityPub powered Pixelfed.

I think Pixelfed is probably the strongest foundation, with the bonus that you could pull in MastodonMastodon
Mastodon is an open source federated micro-blogging platform.
The Mastodon documentation site covers what a microblog and federation are:

Similar to how blogging is the act of publishing updates to a website, microblogging is the act of publishing small updates to a stream of updates on your profile. You can publish text posts and optionally attach media such as pictures, audio, video, or polls. Mastodon lets you follow friends and discover new ones.
and other ActivityPub content that included photos for a broader network.

I’ve talked to some artists and for them it’s about other inspiring artists on the platform and… people who buy the work they post.

Some social networks — like art or styles of photos — simply aren’t niche, so where do network effects come from? How do we get started?