Tumblr is implementing ActivityPub: https://www.reddit.com/r/Mastodon/comments/z1bmv2/game_changer_tumblr_soon_connecting_to/
@irwin Top comment: "This is really cool! I can't wait to defederate from tumblr!" 😂 hey, whatever you wanna do, He-Man, the fediverse power is yours
The reply to this comment brings up some interesting hurdles, technical and cultural that will be interesting to see how they're resolved
I think there will be a cultural shift or we'll get another Eternal September for Usenet case? Will be interesting to watch. I don't think I'll be federating my instance to start with unless it's clear how/if Tumblr stores posts from me and respects deletes.
I didn't know you can use custom domains with Tumblr, that'd be interesting if custom domains are a thing for Tumblr users.
That seems right yes
Given that Mullenweg's team is quite good at UI, this could be a terrific opportunity to see some cool design thinking at work on the task of "smoothing over the interaction points in the fediverse" -- particularly when it comes to intergrating into the fediverse services/objects that were not born *on* the fediverse
@clive @binarytango @irwin For reference, @d0n (CEO of SmugMug & Flickr) mentioned the company was discussing integration with ActivityPub on the big blue bird site: https://twitter.com/donmacaskill/status/1594945727255699457
Now, I will still use @pixelfed (because it’s awesome!), but having Flickr embrace the Fediverse would be awesome. Maybe SmugMug too!
Awesome! Good to see that they are looking to support and use open protocols.
I will be using PF too since I think selfhosting and being in control of my data is important, and I'm able to handle the technical aspects. But for the masses to be exposed to these concepts I think is a win for the open internet as a whole.
@irwin 👍 I’m hoping WordPress will roll this out, too. If I recall correctly, they’d been working on this not long ago.
Have you seen this video?
Here's a good interactive "picture" of the Fediverse:
More technically, I think learning about ActivityPub is what's more important, since that's what really is underlying the Fediverse:
@daersay @clive Actually, if you really want to get into ActivityPub, @darius has a very readable guide to the spec: https://tinysubversions.com/notes/reading-activitypub/
More on the "talks" page of my website but those are my three most high-level ones, all touching on different aspects (small communities, the concept of trust, and (social) network topology, respectively)
@clive @irwin Nevermind I found this! https://fedi.tips/mastodon-and-the-fediverse-beginners-start-here/#whatismastodon
@irwin In my opinion, this is a bad thing
On the surface, it means that we can follow each other, interact with each other, everything is great!
But I believe Tumblr policies around porn and others suggest that they won't have a blocklist like most fediverse instances, but an allowlist. With their size, this could create a strong incentive to be "in", causing instances to become mini-Tumblrs, no longer their own place with their own rules
@irwin I think that it's unlikely Tumblr will leave ActivityPub alone as a standard, and will probably advance it with features that align with corporate expectations and not community ones. Embrace, extend, extinguish all over again.
I believe none of this is a goodwill attempt to bring more interactions to more people. I believe it is Tumblr seeing a desired audience go to the fediverse and coming up with a way to get them over to Tumblr, in time.
A small group of people who remember when social media was more social, and less media.