Repost of something I put on Twitter, in response to a post about "Shuttering Google Reader Killed Blogging" twitter.com/dustyweb/status/12

a repeat mistake: being excited about a decentralized system's success because a big player moves in, becoming reliant on it, not providing a better alternative, big player leaves, decentralized system dies from shock

see also xmpp and gtalk

hoping to do better...

"Providing a better alternative" also means more than just "make the UI nice and easy to use", though that's a critical step. What is required to become a participating node in the system? How hard is it to keep that software running?

And yes, before you point it out, I don't think ActivityPub is in a good place here. But I think we can do better (and if you look, you can tell how that's impacting my current research & development)

@AbbieNormal Datashards is one component, yes! And application towards the fediverse is a large motivator there.

The next big component is the CapTP work happening in Spritely Goblins.

@cwebber

Ludovic Cortes published a reference to a project made in Guile a few days ago

And that resembles some of what you are doing, it mentions "capabilites" explicitely

Do you know about that ?

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