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Re: Federated, decentralised communication on the internet

On 03/21/2018 11:05 AM, Miles Fidelman wrote:
On 3/21/18 11:48 AM, Charlie Gibbs wrote:

On 21/03/18 01:00 AM, tomas@tuxteam.de wrote:

My problem with "social networks" is that they're monopolies. Imagine popping down to the local pub for a pint and a bit of conversation, only to find that it's part of a huge chain run by a transnational conglomerate.  I much prefer the Usenet model, although web sites that let you leave messages come pretty close. What I don't like are those web sites that make you log in through Facebook in order to post. Since I don't have a Facebook account and never will, such sites will have to do without my pearls of wisdom.  :-)

Maybe we should move back to USENET.  It worked pretty well, and it's still going strong in some quarters.

*YES!* I use email and USENET only.
I attempted Facebook years ago. I set it up two have some family and one friend set up as "friends". I was careful to *NOT* to specify anything about where I lived. I was immediately spammed by advertising geographically associated with my "friends". The current fiasco with data mining private information says I was right.

  Add some global identity & reputation management, and the ability to set up lots of small newsgroups - and we'd have one hell of a Facebook killer.

Free market does a pretty good job. I'm currently subscribed to >20 tech oriented mailing lists with few problems.

Miles Fidelman

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