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Re: Federated, decentralised communication on the internet



On Wednesday 21 March 2018 12:32:56 Richard Owlett wrote:

> 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.
>
A conclusion I reached 20+ years ago.

> >  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.
>
There's an echo in here :)

> > Miles Fidelman



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