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Meta Makes Good on Promise to Join the Fediverse


In an encouraging sign to me that the expectations of continuing a centralized web are beginning to implode, Meta announced that @Threads now integrates with the fediverse.  Post via @Threads as your preferred platform now, and you will now be discoverable by people using other platforms.  And better, if you leave @Threads because, say for example, one loose cannon takes it over one day and the service becomes unstable, you can take your posts with you.

This is a pretty ironic - and some argue, suspicious - move by Meta which is as company that is happy with the world believing that "Facebook is the internet" and thus antithetical to an "open web" - but there's really no outcome that I can think of today that isn't bullet proof against Meta attempting to exploit itself as the biggest port to the fediverse and somehow wind up "owning it".  

For me, Meta is doing this because it realizes that the open web and its advocates aren't letting up and the future of digital traffic is decentralized.  Or, put another way, going back to the way things were albeit perhaps more polished than the 90s web was.  Sort of like Microsoft had to concede that Android was the best way to continue being relevant on the smartphone and now does all kinds of Android stuff with its Microsoft legacy wares.

In my video above I stress test what should be a simple thing to do, and, well, wound up being just that:  Subscribing to an @Threads user (me) via Mastodon, the flagship port for the fediverse.


  By Dave for Personal Blog.

demonstration fediverse threads

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How to Broadcast Live Via Twitter in 2021


Broadcast Live via Twitter Demonstration

Don't you hate when you search for an answer to something you think is pretty straightforward, but it turns out your brain is so weird you're the only person either dumb enough to be asking (hence, no content to support an answer has ever been created), or, your brain is so complex, you are the only one who could ask the question (hence, no content to support an answer has ever been created).

Twitter is discontinuing Periscope in 2021 (and here is a Periscope of me postulating a theory of why livestreaming seems to be getting rolled back and complicated these days).  I used Periscope as my main "man on the ground" live feeding platform for such things as house fires and riots, or the occasional weird attempt to produce regular weekend programming.  

With news of its impending demise, I panicked.   Instagram (Live) is not built for serious stuff -- it presumes pictures and broadcasts are personal social objects shared between people good looking enough to have enough friends to do that between.   For your average content weirdo like me who still thinks the web and its products should be a bit unpredictable and uncontrollable regarding real matters, the Twitter ethos, however evaporating from the principle of that it may be these day, fits the bill.   

YouTube Live or Twitch have just way too much overhead for spot live streaming, and Facebook for all intent and purposes requires you to sign in before  showing someone's live video rationally.  Facebook is not really about an "open" web.

But luckily as my video shows, you can still feed live via Twitter in what is basically an "integrated Periscope engine" resulting in something that is not so much different in experience at all.   I had to make the video above because I could not find a clear answer that the lazy typing in of a YouTube query (I don't even think I bothered with Google) might yield.

  By Dave for Personal Blog.

demonstration twitter video

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