It's even worse than it appears..
"Wait and see what happens" is a losing strategy. By the time you figured out what happened, if you ever do, it's too late. #
  • I wrote this as a Mastodon post to a bunch of people who somehow I got cc'd to. I figured I should share it here too. #
    • Let's start with feeds and build as much of a Mastodon as we can, without inventing anything new and see what we come up with.#
    • That way we know at every step we're standing on a solid foundation of interop.#
    • At the same time invest in the feed support of every contender, no matter what "verse" its part of. #
    • John Spurlock has done an exemplary implementation of RSS 2.0 feeds for Bluesky. That format should be copied everywhere. He did it in about a week in July and it's great. We're building all kinds of stuff on it. Wish it were in Mastodon, and wish Bluesky would bake it in.#
    • Forget about clubs, what we want is interop, maximally as widely as possible to force the silos to get on board. They won't unless they have to.#
  • "Fediverse" is another kind of silo.#
  • Our social media apps should be rising up out of feeds to interop with each other now, not sometime in the future.#
  • By then Facebook (or Meta or Threads) will own us as much as Twitter did. #
  • I pinged Doc the other day saying he should do an artcasting feed. #
  • Doc is in addition to being a prodigious blogger, also is a photo taker and story teller, so he is perfect for artcasting.#
  • I was then going to think about what would be the easiest way to get him going, and quickly realized the fastest way is Bluesky because John Spurlock did it right and his feeds coming out of Bluesky are totally artcasting-compatible. Just like that. (Artcasting is one of those cases where almost everyone was doing it the right way. Absolutely no one invented it, it was just obvious how it should work, obvious to enough people.)#
  • But I wanted to talk about it with A8C people first, because it's also an opportunity to support it in WordPress, or to create a small app that interfaces to WordPress, so it can lead here too. But Doc beat me to it, he posted a beautiful picture of a building site his new hometown to Bluesky, and it appeared in his RSS 2.0 feed, and of course it showed up in FeedLand when I subscribed to his feed. #
  • So I added it to my collection of artcasting feeds, and the new version is now available on FeedCorps and his name shows up in the list in the artshow app. #
  • This is how we do it, keep turning the wheel.#
  • Interop my friends. #
  • I've been working on the mobile version of FeedLand. #
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  • This is very much a snapshot in time. Lots more tweaking coming. ;-) #
  • I want to do some more reduction on the menubar at the top. #
  • Timelines and feed lists have been converted. #

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