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But the lifecycle pattern of sites that provide free content posting services to the general public keeps repeating itself:
1) service opens, is exciting/different in some way, reaches new audiences
2) popularity grows, audience widens
3) business scrambles to make advertising keep up with growing costs
4) sacrifices made to platform that hurt users/devs and help corporate advertisers
5) site closes

Many see services like facebook/twitter as permanent, but I just see them as another friendster/myspace.

I find it odd that after 17 years of Wikipediaโ€™s existence, its Mediawiki software is still so very crap in terms of usability, styling and adaptability. Having spent 4 days working on project documentation in Mediawiki in the past 2 weeks, I wonder how all Wikipedians learned to ignore the many hurdles their tool of [โ€ฆ]

Iโ€™m a bit proud that Nextcloud is relevant enough to be blocked by the Great Firewall of China. Some people here donโ€™t like privacy, freedom of speech, IT security or democracy.

Discovered Scotland's National Performance Framework last week: - 10 years of data tracking metrics beyond GDP including income inequality, carbon, pay gap, energy, biodiversity and mental wellbeing ๐Ÿ™Œ

โ”ƒโ”ƒโ•ฑโ•ฒ In this
โ”ƒโ•ฑโ•ฑโ•ฒโ•ฒ house
โ•ฑโ•ฑโ•ญโ•ฎโ•ฒโ•ฒ we use
โ–”โ–โ”—โ”›โ–•โ–” please & thank you
when speaking to voice assistants
โ•ฑโ•ฑโ”โ”ณโ”“โ•ญโ•ฎโ”โ”ณโ”“ โ•ฒโ•ฒ

Welkom @opennl De vereniging die @cc_nl ondersteunt is nu ook op Mastodon te volgen.

The Doug Engelbart Demo at 50

Next week it is 50 years ago that Doug Engelbart (1925-2013) and his team demonstrated all that has come to define interactive computing. Five decades on we still donโ€™t have turned everything in that live demo into routine daily things. From the mouse, video conferencing, word processing, outlining, drag and drop, digital mind mapping, to [โ€ฆ]

hey! saturday the 8th of december we're organizing an event in #varia in #rotterdam about #mastodon and the #fediverse

We will dive into what the fediverse is, how it works, who is on there, who made it, what it means to host communities and how and where on can contribute.

Someone might look at all the data hacks and misplaced data scandals that keep happening and say 'Companies just don't know how to secure data'.

Bear in mind that these same companies mostly just lose *customer* data. How many 'trade secrets' have been accidentally published online? Not many.

The fact is, companies care about their own data. They definitely don't care about yours.

People studied #Blockchain for development projects... and found nothing but PR material. No actual documentation or lessons learned. Just slideware.

I wrote an article for the Mozilla Hacks blog that's a brief technical introduction to ActivityPub. I also provide an intro to my simple #ActivityPub Node.js server.

Ethical design isnโ€™t about trying to reform billion-dollar corporations like Google and Facebook that have fundamentally unethical business models, itโ€™s about designing organisations with ethical business models that, therefore, can create ethical products and services.

#EthicalDesign #EthicalTechnology

Officially announcing Pterotype, a WordPress plugin that gives your blog an ActivityPub feed. 

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