Proposing a GNU Social Network Manifesto?

Reading through the GNU Free Software philosophy once again, I wonder whether, right now in the current disputes surrounding Facebook, Twitter, Mastodon and the quest for a more “open” social network environment, we might need just something like the GNU philosophy for social networks, too? I mean, after all, having “open-source” social network implementations like

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Changing networking behaviour, two weeks later

In light of #deletefacebook, I spent the last two weeks trying to change my behaviour in working with social networks and online media to make less use of “large” established services and be more careful about tools and technologies I access on a daily basis, or even more frequently. It’s been (and still is) an

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#deletefacebook won’t fix anything.

Ok, here we go again… Following the Cambridge Analytics ‘incident’, almost predictably we see #deletefacebook popping up all across most of the social media channel, with several more or less familiar names out there stating that perhaps now it’s time to completely delete your account on worlds biggest social media platform and move elsewhere. It

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Offenheit und Alternativen im Cloud-Zeitalter?

Aus bekannten Gründen habe ich mich in den letzten Tagen wieder recht intensiv mit offenen Kommunikationskanälen, Messengern, sozialen Netzen und dergleichen beschäftigt, mich durch meine zahllosen Accounts geklickt und letztlich resigniert wieder davon abgelassen. Es kostet Zeit, ist anstrengend und bringt an vielen Stellen nichts. Das gegenwärtige Durcheinander mit diesen Tools resultiert vorrangig aus der

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Phasing out XMPP

Earlier this week we started phasing out XMPP as our preferred means of internal instant communication. Today, we shut down our existing openfire installation. We moved to a different means of communication which, as each other piece of software, has its flaws and drawbacks but in total seems to meet more needs of our users.

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Instagram, Influencer und Sinnverlust

Die Online-Präsenz des deutschlandfunk hat unter dem Titel “Selbstversuch bei Instagram – einflussreich in 30 Tagen einen interessanten Beitrag im Portfolio, der sich mit Publikation, Reichweite und Einfluß bei Instagram beschäftigt. Das ist insgesamt lesens- und hörenswert – und ein guter Ausdruck für das, was mit vielen dieser Netzwerke derzeit “schief” ist: Als ich 2003

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Wrap-Up: Tech Summit 2017

Earlier last week, my team and I attended the thinkproject! group technology summit. Taking place in Berlin during November 13 to 15, this event focussed on getting technical teams throughout the whole group together, getting people to know each other and helping strong teams getting started building great products together in a collaborative way. As

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Small-scale microservices in the wild (1): Anachronistic monoliths

Microservices are all over these days. So are frameworks to build different “microservices” from scratch, and so are infrastructure and runtime components to help getting real-life application environments built out of microservices. Using small components to build larger, more complex applications seems so incredibly much the de-facto standard of how to work these days that

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