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Learn about the Internet’s next wave on the open social web and what it will unlock for how we connect, communicate, and innovate online. Hosted by Flipboard CEO Mike McCue.
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Something happened when the internet turned into an ad-driven business. Incentives became oriented around grabbing attention over valuing substance and connection. What’s happening now in the Fediverse gives us a chance to reverse that. To pivot out of the attention economy into something more meaningful. Tony Stubblebine has already emphasized a focus on quality at Medium. As the publisher of Better Humans and its sister publications, Tony was one of Medium’s most successful community members. He knew the platform better than almost anyone and so when it came time to look for a CEO, he got the job in July 2022. In January 2023, Medium set up a Mastodon instance at me.dm. Tony’s said that he believes Mastodon is “an emerging force for good in social media,” although he’s still exploring what that means for his company. In today’s episode, Mike and Tony discuss their reasons for wanting to participate in the Fediverse, going so far as standing up their own instances for their communities. They also discuss what’s wrong with the attention economy, a framework for high-quality recommendations, and why it’s an exciting time for entrepreneurs, builders, writers and consumers.Highlights of this conversation include:• under the hood on Medium’s algorithm• why human curation is a true service• optimizing for substance• the third business model era of the internet • how to get started in the Fediverse💰 Mastodon is a non-profit that runs on donations from the community. You can help Mastodon succeed by supporting the organization via Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/mastodon🔎 You can follow Tony on Mastodon at https://me.dm/@coachtony. ✚ You can connect with Mike McCue on Mastodon at https://flipboard.social/@mike, or via his Flipboard federated account, where you can see what he’s curating on Flipboard in the Fediverse, at https://flipboard.social/@mike@flipboard.com 💡 To learn more about what Flipboard's doing in the Fediverse, sign up here: https://appdownload.flipboard.com/a-new-wave/
The Fediverse is not a monolithic place. It’s constantly evolving and being shaped by smart, passionate people who want to make sure that the open social web is better than the social media we’ve had before. One steward everyone should know is Tim Chambers, the co-founder of Dewey Digital out of the Dewey Square Group, a public affairs firm in Washington D.C. Tim is the author of the quarterly Twitter Migration report, which tracks the exodus from X and other trends unfolding as a result. He is also the server admin of indieweb.social, a 1,500-strong instance on Mastodon where he learns by leading. Tim brings an informed perspective on many of the most important elements of life on the open social web. Highlights from this conversation include:most important things to keep in mind as Fediverse growsmoderation in the Fediverse toxicity and chaos on X vs Mastodonbuilding community as an instance adminThreads and federationsearch, discovery and algorithmic models inside the Fediversepredictions for 2024💰Mastodon is a non-profit that runs on donations from the community. You can help Mastodon succeed by supporting the organization via Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/mastodon🔎 You can follow Tim on Mastodon at https://indieweb.social/@tchambers✚ You can connect with Mike McCue on Mastodon at https://flipboard.social/@mike, or via his Flipboard federated account, where you can see what he’s curating on Flipboard in the Fediverse, at https://flipboard.social/@mike@flipboard.com 💡 To learn more about what Flipboard's doing in the Fediverse, sign up here: https://appdownload.flipboard.com/a-new-wave/
It’s been a momentous time for the Fediverse. New versions of Mammoth and Ivory launched. WordPress and Tumblr reaffirmed their commitment to integrating ActivityPub. And then both Threads and Flipboard rolled out their plans to federate.What does this all mean for the Fediverse? How will moderation work as the Fediverse grows in leaps and bounds? Who will be next to federate?Mastodon’s founder and CEO Eugen Rochko goes deep with Flipboard CEO Mike McCue for a sprawling conversation that looks back on Mastodon’s epic year, dissects the moment we’re in today, and ponders a future filled with big changes and new ideas. More urgently, if you’re following what’s happening with Threads, it is essential listening for understanding Meta’s strategy and how the Fediverse is responding. Highlights from this conversation include:0:51 Looking back on Mastodon’s epic year3:22 Small team, big goals4:55 The arrival of Threads/Meta: pro or con?9:01 The way Mastodon/Fediverse is architected to provide a better social media experience11:24 The “big win” of Meta adopting an open standard12:10 The game-changing paradigm shift in how social media works17:30 Why Meta is committing to Threads — a significant moment for the social web18:10 Mastodon community’s reaction to Threads’ entry19:24 Preemptively building walls to block Threads: self-defeating?21:10 Tools and advice for instance owners on interoperating with Threads26:09 Gaining momentum: who will federate next?28:34 Bluesky 30:00 ActivityPub: the beauty of a generic protocol38:24 User experiences in the Fediverse41:06 “Embrace, extend, extinguish” and the XMPP comparison50:28 Funding Mastodon through Patreon donations53:10 U.S. nonprofit version of Mastodon and grant applications54:23 On outside contributions to Mastodon’s code base57:42 Hopes and dreams for the future💰Mastodon is a non-profit that runs on donations from the community. You can help Mastodon succeed by supporting the organization via Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/mastodon 🔎 You can follow Eugen on Mastodon at https://mastodon.social/@Gargron✚ You can connect with Mike McCue on Mastodon at https://flipboard.social/@mike, or via his Flipboard federated account, where you can see what he’s curating on Flipboard in the Fediverse, at https://flipboard.social/@mike@flipboard.com 💡 To learn more about what Flipboard's doing in the Fediverse, sign up here: https://appdownload.flipboard.com/a-new-wave/
The Internet as we know it is now over 30 years old, and author John Battelle says we must get over the ‘extraordinary inertia’ of the system we’ve built. He would know: As a founder of WIRED Magazine and as an entrepreneur himself, John’s been tracking and writing about the evolution of technology and its impact on society for a long time. What exactly is the difference between what he calls “the internet that we have and the one that we deserve”? Why are we now at an inflection point? Can we still fix the system? How would monetization work in this world?Highlights from this conversation include:the early days of WIRED and the first banner adwhat’s wrong with the Internet we havewhy we’re at an inflection point nowBattelle’s take on Threadsthoughts on monetizing the open social web🔎 You can follow John on his Website and on Threads https://www.threads.net/@johnbattelle✚ You can connect with Mike McCue on Mastodon. 💡 To learn more about what Flipboard's doing in the Fediverse, sign up here: https://appdownload.flipboard.com/a-new-wave/
We’re on the precipice of a new wave of innovation in the Fediverse, and it’s important that even established organizations listen up and see what’s unfolding.One person watching closely is the BBC’s Ian Forrester. As the Senior Firestarter in the broadcaster’s R&D Lab, Ian susses out new technologies and opportunities so that the public service broadcaster can stay current and true to its values. Among those values is trust, so the chance to verify its own journalists and run a social media server according to its own rules is a big reason for the BBC to even swim in these waters.What has the BBC learned so far from its experiments in the Fediverse? What will decentralized systems unlock for innovation? And how is all this like the early days of the Internet?Highlights from this conversation include:what it means to be a Firestarter at the BBCwhy the BBC is experimenting on the open social webwhat they’re doing thereowning your sense of identity in the Fediversechampioning internally and next steps🔎 You can follow Ian on his Website and Mastodon.  ✚ You can connect with Mike McCue on Mastodon.💡 To learn more about what Flipboard's doing in the Fediverse, sign up here: http://about.flipboard.com/a-new-wave 💡 To learn more about what Flipboard's doing in the Fediverse, sign up here: https://appdownload.flipboard.com/a-new-wave/
There was a time where people couldn’t email each other unless they were using the same email client. That changed when developers came up with a protocol that made it so it didn’t matter if you were using AOL or CompuServe or Prodigy — it just worked. The same analogy explains how things work in the Fediverse, an open-source system of interconnected, interoperable social networks. The Fediverse is powered by a protocol called ActivityPub, which provides an API for creating, updating and deleting content across several platforms.What does ActivityPub unlock for product builders and tech entrepreneurs? How will social networks without walled gardens change our relationship to content and to each other? Why does any of this matter? In this episode, host Mike McCue talks to Evan Prodromou, one of the co-authors of ActivityPub. Evan is an entrepreneur, technologist and advocate of open source software. He’s also the Director of Open Technology at the Open Earth Foundation. Highlights from this conversation include:the history of the W3C and ActivityPubwhy the protocol is so important to Evanwhat’s surprised Evan most about its adoptionwhy this work is so consequentialwhat it will unlock for innovation🔎 You can follow Evan at https://evanp.me/ and on Mastodon.✚ You can connect with Mike McCue on Mastodon.💡 To learn more about what Flipboard's doing in the Fediverse, sign up here:  http://appdownload.flipboard.com/a-new-wave/ 💡 To learn more about what Flipboard's doing in the Fediverse, sign up here: https://appdownload.flipboard.com/a-new-wave/
In the 1990s, we saw an acceleration from walled gardens like America Online to the open web. This marked an era of exciting innovation and meteoric growth. But, over time, we witnessed the rise of a new set of walled gardens: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, etc.Is history about to repeat itself? Will the open social web become a mainstream alternative to the walled gardens we live in today? Will people own their online relationships, or will there always be a company that owns these? Host Mike McCue and journalist Mike Masnick dig into questions like these. Mike Masnick founded the blog Techdirt in 1998 and wrote a seminal paper called “Protocols Not Platforms,” in which he predicted the scenario unfolding before our eyes today. Mike has long informed an influential audience of lawmakers, CEOs and activists. In fact, the New York Times called him “something of a Silicon Valley oracle.”In this interview, Mike McCue checks in with Mike Masnick to see how things have gone since he wrote the paper. The two “Mike Ms” also discuss:the first product that truly embraced some of these ideaswhere Mike Masnick is spending time in the Fediversereasoning behind adoption: worthy platforms or just fleeing X?how open standards lead to innovationwhy feeds are the new Websites🔎 You can follow Mike Masnick’s work at techdirt.com, and find him at BlueSky and Mastodon. ✚ You can connect with Mike McCue on Mastodon.💡 To learn more about what Flipboard's doing in the Fediverse, sign up here. 💡 To learn more about what Flipboard's doing in the Fediverse, sign up here: https://appdownload.flipboard.com/a-new-wave/
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