‘The Shit Show’

Craig Hockenberry of The Iconfactory (creator of Twitterrific), on the demise of the the Twitter API for third-party clients and what comes next:

One thing I’ve noticed is that everyone is going to great lengths to make something that replaces the clients we’ve known for years. That’s an excellent goal that eases a transition in the short-term, but ignores how a new open standard(ActivityPub) can be leveraged in new and different ways.

Federation exposes a lot of different data sources that you’d want to follow. Not all of these sources will be Mastodon instances: you may want to stay up-to-date with someone’s Micro.blog, or maybe another person’s Tumblr, or someone else’s photo feed. There are many apps and servers for you to choose from.

It feels like the time is right for a truly universal timeline. That notion excites me like the first time I posted XML status to an endpoint.

I feel that excitement too. That’s why I’m all in on Micro.blog for my social media, pared with this, my very own old-school blog and website.


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