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the free web

A FREE, uncensored, neutral internet is ESSENTIAL to Free Expression and Freedom of Information.

VIVA LA FREE WEB

¡Viva la FREE WEB!

In recent times, we have seen governments restrict access to the internet. We’ve seen the huge, corporate owned social networking and microblogging sites censor content their investors do not like, and even remove accounts belonging to protesting entities, such as Twitter’s recent removal of the account for OccupyWallStreet, and Facebook’s censorship of protest related photos.

But, we need the internet to communicate, not just locally, but nation-wide, and world-wide, to express our views, to make our voices heard, and to share what it is we are doing, and how our oppressors react, EVERYWHERE…

To that end:

The decentralized, federated, FREE (as in freedom, as well as price), social networks on which I currently play are:

Diaspora*

Diaspora* is a software that can be installed on a server by anyone that has the knowledge to do so. They in turn can allow people to register for an account on what is called their “pod”. There are many of these pods already established across the internet (list here podupti.me) with many users. You register for a free account on a pod and you can seamlessly connect with other users on other pods the same as if you were making someone a friend on other social networking sites. No matter which pod you are on, you are all using Diaspora. If you have the technical skills, you can even set up your own pod for your family and or friends. They can in turn connect to family and friends on your pod or even other pods with ease.

Diaspora* has many of the features of other popular social networks, including groupings of friends (like G+ circles, but called “aspects”. Oh, and Diaspora* had this feature over a year before G+ was even launched!), sharing of photos, links, videos, etc. Diaspora will allow you cross-post materials to twitter, facebook, and tumblr, and allow you to connect to friends on Friendika, as well. The aspects give you great control over you can view your content, so you have complete control over your privacy. Also, YOU own all content that you post. Diaspora* has not advertisements, and nobody on Diaspora* is tracking you, either on the site or across the internet. Diaspora* will not censor your communications with others. Also, on Diaspora* you can use any name or pseudonym you like.

There are numerous Diaspora sites, but they are all connected, so contacts on any Diaspora site can be connected to folks on another Diaspora site.

Here is my Diaspora profile:

tonybaldwin@poddery.com

I recommend joining diaspora at poddery.com or diasp.org.

StatusNet

StatusNET is for microblogging (like twitter, and can forward updates to twitter) built on free/open source software. StatusNEt is uncensored, free, and you can roll your own. StatusNet has features that twitter lacks, including posting of longer “blog” entries, sharing of events, uploading photos and music files, creation of polls and questions, and cross-connections with folks on any other StatusNet site. Also, one can make their StatusNet updates forward to Twitter, thus sharing with twitter contacts and StatusNet contacts, simultaneously. One more great feature of StatusNet are groups. By posting updates with a certain tag, the messages are grouped, and one can choose to be a member of that group and follow conversations on that topic. For instance, on the statusnet installation at Free-Haven.org/status/, there is a group for Occupy New Haven, and any update with !occupynewhaven or !onh is posted to that group. So, statusnet is kind of like twitter on steriods. Much more powerful, many more features. It is also more configurable. Our statusnet installation, for instance, is set to accept updates with up to 200 characters, as opposed to twitter’s 140 (one can change this up to 500 characters).

There is a statusnet installation on free-haven.org at http://free-haven.org/status/ Check it out!
My profile is tonybaldwin@free-haven.org
From there, I am following friends from all around the world on http://identi.ca, http://parlementum.net, and a few other smaller, private StatusNet installations, who are also following me from those sites, and I have my updates forwarded to twitter, from whence they forward to Google Buzz, Tumblr, and Facebook. If any of those proprietary networks cut me off or censored me, my friends all around the world on http://identi.ca and http://parlementum.net would still see my updates, as would, of course, anyone on our installation, or any other StatusNet installation who chose to follow me.

One can even export updates from any statusnet site, group, or individual to an rss feed, or, one can follow an rss feed. I have my free-haven updates embedded on my free-haven wiki profile here. Also, I have all public updates to our statusnet installation embedded on the front page of this wiki here.

Friendika

Friendika

Friendika

But, best of all, in my opinion, is Friendika.

Friendika is decentralized and federated, but also allows you to connect to contacts on twitter, identi.ca, diaspora, facebook, and other sites, from friendika. I recommend Friendika most highly of all (although a combination of statusnet for microblogging and friendika is a good idea). Friendika has photo galleries, an event calendar, friend groups, and all the other functions you already use on other social networks.

Learn more about friendika at http://project.friendika.com/

The creator, Mike Macgrivin, is a friend (he was part of the team that developed Netscape Browser for AOL!). I have developed software to interact with the Friendika’s API, and may be developing some plugins.

My current friendika profile is http://frndk.de/profile/tony

Comparison of Social Networks

In Diaspora, StatusNet, and Friendika, unlike FB, G+, and other sites, you own your own data, and completely control your own privacy. The sites are not corporate owned, and, in fact, if you have access to a server and the know-how, you can install and run a site yourself (kind of like you can with wordpress, joomla, etc.), and still connect to all the other friendika and/or diaspora sites. In this way, a truly FREE, open, neutral internet is forming, uncensored and unfettered by corporate interests.

Here is an excellent breakdown of the differences and similarities in social networks.
You will see that Friendika is richer in features than any other.

./tony


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¡Viva la FREE WEB!

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the free web

A FREE, uncensored, neutral internet is ESSENTIAL to Free Expression and Freedom of Information.

VIVA LA FREE WEB

¡Viva la FREE WEB!

In recent times, we have seen governments restrict access to the internet. We’ve seen the huge, corporate owned social networking and microblogging sites censor content their investors do not like, and even remove accounts belonging to protesting entities, such as Twitter’s recent removal of the account for OccupyWallStreet, and Facebook’s censorship of protest related photos.

But, we need the internet to communicate, not just locally, but nation-wide, and world-wide, to express our views, to make our voices heard, and to share what it is we are doing, and how our oppressors react, EVERYWHERE…

To that end:

The decentralized, federated, FREE (as in freedom, as well as price), social networks on which I currently play are:

Diaspora*

Diaspora* is software that can be installed on a server by anyone that has the knowledge to do so. They in turn can allow people to register for an account on what is called their “pod”. There are many of these pods already established across the internet (list here podupti.me) with many users. You register for a free account on a pod and you can seamlessly connect with other users on other pods, the same as if you were making someone a friend on other social networking sites. No matter which pod you are on, you are all using Diaspora. If you have the technical skills, you can even set up your own pod for your family and or friends. They can in turn connect to family and friends on your pod or even other pods with ease.

Diaspora* has many of the features of other popular social networks, including groupings of friends (like G+ circles, but called “aspects”. Oh, and Diaspora* had this feature over a year before G+ was even launched!), sharing of photos, links, videos, etc. Diaspora will allow you cross-post materials to twitter, facebook, and tumblr, and allow you to connect to friends on Friendika, as well. The aspects give you great control over who can view your content, so you have complete control over your privacy. Also, YOU own all content that you post. Diaspora* has no advertisements, and nobody on Diaspora* is tracking you, either on the site or across the internet. Diaspora* will not censor your communications with others. Also, on Diaspora* you can use any name or pseudonym you like.

There are numerous Diaspora sites, but they are all connected, so contacts on any Diaspora site can be connected to folks on another Diaspora site.

Here is my Diaspora profile:

tonybaldwin@poddery.com

I recommend joining diaspora at poddery.com or diasp.org.

StatusNet

StatusNET is for microblogging (like twitter, and can forward updates to twitter) built on free/open source software. StatusNEt is uncensored, free, and you can roll your own. StatusNet has features that twitter lacks, including posting of longer “blog” entries, sharing of events, uploading photos and music files, creation of polls and questions, and cross-connections with folks on any other StatusNet site. Also, one can make their StatusNet updates forward to Twitter, thus sharing with twitter contacts and StatusNet contacts, simultaneously. One more great feature of StatusNet are groups. By posting updates with a certain tag, the messages are grouped, and one can choose to be a member of that group and follow conversations on that topic. For instance, on the statusnet installation at Free-Haven.org/status/, there is a group for Occupy New Haven, and any update with !occupynewhaven or !onh is posted to that group. So, statusnet is kind of like twitter on steriods. Much more powerful, many more features. It is also more configurable. Our statusnet installation, for instance, is set to accept updates with up to 200 characters, as opposed to twitter’s 140 (one can change this up to 500 characters). Like Diaspora*, statusnet does not track you, spam you with advertisements, censor you, or lay claim to your content.

There is a statusnet installation on free-haven.org at http://free-haven.org/status/ Check it out!
My profile is tonybaldwin@free-haven.org
From there, I am following friends from all around the world on http://identi.ca, http://parlementum.net, and a few other smaller, private StatusNet installations, who are also following me from those sites, and I have my updates forwarded to twitter, from whence they forward to Google Buzz, Tumblr, and Facebook. If any of those proprietary networks cut me off or censored me, my friends all around the world on http://identi.ca and http://parlementum.net would still see my updates, as would, of course, anyone on our installation, or any other StatusNet installation who chose to follow me.

One can even export updates from any statusnet site, group, or individual to an rss feed, or, one can follow an rss feed. I have my free-haven updates embedded on my free-haven wiki profile here. Also, I have all public updates to our statusnet installation embedded on the front page of this wiki here.

Friendika

Friendika

Friendika

But, best of all, in my opinion, is Friendika.

Friendika is decentralized and federated, but also allows you to connect to contacts on twitter, identi.ca, diaspora, facebook, and other sites, from friendika. I recommend Friendika most highly of all (although a combination of statusnet for microblogging and friendika is a good idea). Friendika has photo galleries, an event calendar, friend groups, and all the other functions you already use on other social networks. Like Diaspora* and StatusNet, Friendika does not track you, spam you with advertisements, censor you, or lay claim to your content.

Learn more about friendika at http://project.friendika.com/

The creator, Mike Macgrivin, is a friend (he was part of the team that developed Netscape Browser for AOL!). I have developed software to interact with the Friendika’s API, and may be developing some plugins.

My current friendika profile is http://frndk.de/profile/tony

Comparison of Social Networks

In Diaspora, StatusNet, and Friendika, unlike FB, G+, and other sites, you own your own data, and completely control your own privacy. The sites are not corporate owned, and, in fact, if you have access to a server and the know-how, you can install and run a site yourself (kind of like you can with wordpress, joomla, etc.), and still connect to all the other friendika and/or diaspora sites. In this way, a truly FREE, open, neutral internet is forming, uncensored and unfettered by corporate interests.

Here is an excellent breakdown of the differences and similarities in social networks.
You will see that Friendika is richer in features than any other.

./tony


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The Free Web by tony baldwin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.tonybaldwin.info.

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October 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm

New Xpostulate release in the works

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Okay, I just pushed new code for Xpostulate to github with the following changes:

  • removed iziblog, scribbld, inksome (spam SEO havens anyway)
  • removed twitter until I can get oauth working
  • added support for custom wordpress installations
  • added support for posting to friendika with bbcode insertions
  • changed identi.ca feature to support any status.net installation.
  • also, various pertinent alterations to gui, of course

all in ONE DAY! because I F–KING ROCK!

I have NOT updated the win/lin installers on the main Xpostulate page, yet.
I have to play with installjammer and get those worked up again, and will probably give a day or two for this new code to be tested,
since, it seems, I now have a contributor on the project who seems willing to test and prod this code.

WELCOME ABOARD, Charles Roth!

Still to do:

  • I really, really want a button to click to automagically translate bbcode to html or vice-versa. That I can do, but need time.
  • Get oauth working for twitter…maybe
  • add support for blogger
  • change the LJ, IJ, DJ, DW to be simple moveabletype, with multiple options, rather than hardwired for 4 different sites, so, say, if you only use LJ and DW, you don’t have DJ and IJ cluttering your interface, or, even, if you have multiple LJ accts (I do, one for my art, other for hackery), you can do that, etc.

Now, I really must get back to translating these Brazilian pharma regulations.

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September 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Fren.Tcl and Frendi.Sh

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Friendika

Friendika

So, those who know me know that I’ve been playing on Friendika, a decentralized, federated, free/open source, privacy protecting, and, well, pretty amazing Social Networking application.

Friendika is pretty awesome in various ways, including, first, you have complete control over who can or cannot see your content.  You own your content and your privacy is completely yours to control.  Also, you can follow contacts from many other networks, including twitter, any status.net installation, Diaspora and Facebook, plus rss feeds, even, so, it becomes sort of a social networking aggregator.  Not only that, but it has friend groups similar to Diaspora Aspects or Google+ Circles.  These groups are very handy.  I follow my Diaspora and Facebook contacts, plus my identi.ca contacts, plus a large number of twitter accounts on my friendika, and have them grouped into local friends, family, haxors (fellow foss hackers, tech blogs, etc.), friends (not local, people I met online), tradus (translation colleagues, work related, polyglots), and one more group for news which includes mostly twitter feeds from a number of news outlets (Al Jazeera, BBC, NPR, Alternet, etc.).  So, it has really helped me to organize my social networking.

So, these past couple of days I, being the geek that I am, have been playing with means of posting to Friendika remotely, first from the bash cli.  Now, I had posted earlier a quick-n-dirty update type script, but I have one now that will toggle cross-posting to various other services (statusnet, twitter, facebook), and will open an editor (vim) to allow you to write longer posts.  I posted it on the wiki here, but will also include the code in this post:

#!/bin/bash

# update friendika from bash with curl
# I put this in my path as "frendi"

# here you enter your username and password
# and other relevant variables, such as whether or not
# you'd like to cross post to statusnet, twitter, or farcebork

read -p "Please enter your username: " uname
read -p "Please enter your password: " pwrd
read -p "Cross post to statusnet? (1=yes, 0=no): " snet
read -p "Cross post to twitter? (1=yes, 0=no): " twit
read -p "Cross post to Farcebork? (1=yes, 0=no): " fb
read -p "Enter the domain of your Friendika site (i.e. http://friendika.somesite.net): " url

# if you did not enter text for update, the script asks for it

if [[ $(echo $*) ]]; then
	ud="$*"
else
	read -p "Enter your update text: " ud
fi

# and this is the curl command that sends the update to the server

if [[ $(curl -u $uname:$pwrd  -d "status=$ud&statusnet_enable=$snet&twitter_enable=$twit&facebook_enable=$fb"  $url/api/statuses/update.xml | grep error) ]]; then

# what does the server say?

	echo "Error"
else
	echo "Success!"
	echo $ud
fi

# this next is optional, but I made a dir in ~/Documents to keep the posts.
# You can comment it out, you can change where it is storing them (the dir path)
# or, even, if you don't want to save the posts (they will pile up), you could
# change this to simply
# rm $filedate.fpost or rm -rf *.fpost, or some such thing.

mv $filedate.fpost ~/Documents/fposts
exit

But I have also now written a graphical application in tcl/tk to write posts to Friendika, Fren.Tcl

Fren.Tcl

Fren.Tcl - tcl/tk Friendika posting application

Find me on Friendika here.

./tony

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September 14, 2011 at 8:27 am