Probably not a popular idea but one reason why the internet has turned to crap is unicode. I don’t think it makes sense to put everyone who speaks differently in the same bucket without creating a massive cross cultural storm and confusion. Communication pre-supposes language.
I have dropped twitter, google from my life from 2019. Facebook since 2014. After trying Masatdon for a bit, I have decided to embrace wordpress more fully. Slow, neutral, un-opinionated and more thoughtful media please. My brain has recovered from the constant hate fatigue, fear mongering and the bullshit senses are back.
What do social networks actually provide ?
- No hosting mess
- Simpler UI
- Discovery / Search
- Friend Feeds
- Multiple media types
- Contact management
Mastadon can do 2, 3, 4, 6, 7. WordPress solves 1, 2, 5 and 6 but lets google do 3, email do 7 and RSS do 4. WordPress is IndieWeb. WordPress providing full text search across all its blogs and a friend feature could make it more like Mastadon.
Other indie web projects I am excited about,
- Owncast vs Twitch
- Peertube vs Youtube
- Lemmy vs Reddit
- Beaker p2p browser