From that old article:
'The mission statement from the largest protest group, "Students Against Facebook Newsfeed," read, in part: "Very few of us want everyone automatically knowing what we update. We want to feel just a LITTLE bit of privacy, even if it is facebook. News Feed is just too creepy, too stalker-esque, and a feature that has to go."'
This, from 2006.
An old article from Adage detailing the date on which Facebook went from a "federated"-ish model of college-based communities (kinda like mastodon instances, just under the same domain), to an open registration model.
Date: Sep 11, 2006.
reference to Mortal Engines, a terrible movie from 2018 Show more
I enjoyed this movie for the new term "Municipal Darwinism." Other than that, it was rubbish.
After careful consideration, we have decided that this new and exciting UI will be spun out as a separate Pixelfed Labs project.
This means you will be able to self host just this UI and use it with Pixelfed, Mastodon, Pleroma and other mastodon api compatible projects much like Pinafore and Halcyon!
Comment from 2009 lauding Firefox for it's work in ending the monopoly that IE had on the web:
"Had it not been for Firefox, Opera would still cost money, Google Chrome wouldn't exist, a few people who paid way too much for their computers would be running Safari, and most (l)users would be stuck with the latest version of IE -- IE6"
How unfortunate that we're back to a near monopoly again! Once again, it's Firefox to the rescue.
In video games, it's exciting to point at a distant mountain and say "You know what? You can actually GO THERE!"
And yet out the window of my office I see distant fog-shrouded hills and I can't be bothered. I don't even walk around the block. I just sit here typing.
... Maybe if those hills had enchanted weapons or something I could pick up. Yeah. That's what's missing.
While reading a Verge article about the most recent Youtube scandal, I just happened to see one of the best comments I've ever seen about the problems with large communities on the web (and implicitly why smaller communities like Mastodon are better at handling them):
This person gets it.
Administrator of mcnamarii.town Mastodon instance. Full-time IT consultant for companies big and small, currently focusing on robotic process automation.
This is a private mastodon server for members of the Team McNamara Group.