One of the biggest strengths of the fediverse (and free software) movements is how it brings people to collaborate and to spur that, we need spaces to organize. I see here and across the fediverse that people want to help out but don't know how.
I've just started a set of Matrix rooms (with a bridged Discord server so that the chat platform doesn't get in the way of people wanting to participate) where people can do the following:
- strategize on how to best promote the fediverse
- collaborate on their free-culture/federated projects and find people to help
- promote their own fediverse content, find fediverse creators to follow, and offer feedback to others'
[The video](https://share.tube/w/1tGvezJtU4qQVtCPJRimGD) has been uploaded and the server is up. If you have any ideas, any ways you'd like to help, or just want to chat, join!
I really do believe this is gonna be crucial to pulling off our task. Real-time chat is more personal and live so it's easier to collaborate and build a community.
If you're interested, join here:
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.perthchat.org/post/227631
> I'm being somewhat serious.
> We already have half a cult, since like a bunch of users on the fedi are the 1% of tech, and of that group, the 1% of privacy. Let alone talking about how fedizens are like the 5% income wise. Like occasionally a user comes in and says they're ~~Muslim~~ on Facebook and ~~Christians~~ fedizens spring out of the wood work telling them that fb bad.
> The rightwingers grow entire movements by having Trump replace god (ex calling him god emperor Trump). Also Q, antivax stuff, manosphere, Bitcoin sphere.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.perthchat.org/post/220650
> Everyone seen those spontaneously synchronizing metronomes?
> I have a feeling this also explains part of trends such as who uses what software and fashion trends. Which is network effect in depth really.
> But spontaneous synchronization also explains where counter culture movements come from. Kinda like heart attacks, a different section of society pulsing in a different beat.
> Not sure if this info is useable for better adoption of fediverse tech?
> At very least it presents a problem for FedExpansism on Reddit. We convince 1 Redditor to join and then they leave Reddit. But we need them to stay on Reddit so we're not just 1 Firefly in the dark. 1 Firefly will only convince the extremist fireflies, but 1000 fireflies will be able to convince normies.
> Prob useable for protest organization, since it directly applied to firefly synchronization
A video exploring the brief history of scheduling posts as a feature on Mastodon, in which ways it has been implemented, and progress being made to implement it.
A lot of the other instance lists are automatically curated, so it can get confusing for very new users. I decided to quickly put together a manually curated one, to make it as un-scary as possible. If you have anyone you'd like to convince to join Mastodon, sending this link might help!
Considering adding more stuff to it later.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/588553
> [Eternal September](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_September) is when influx from some other (often shittier and collapsing) platform overwhelms the unique culture that existed before, and in time fully replaces it. Destroying what existed before.
> 🧠 💭 **Figure out strategies & actions in comments below .. participate!**
> For example, I introduced 2 hashtags for awareness:
> - **#AvoidEternalSeptember** Raise attention to the culture clash.
> - **#DonateToFediInstances** Help admins and moderators withstand the influx and give them your support.
> We want to be gentle, welcoming to newcomers. Show them around. But also keep having the nice chattering and culture we had before, and maybe give those some extra boosts to exemplify and spread the vibes.
> Here's [a poll](https://social.coop/@smallcircles/109306786291084911) to make newcomers aware that taking Twitter culture with you on the Fediverse is just weird.
> ### Fedizens... Be strategical in how you toot to help avoid that from happening
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/476057
> The activity of the SocialHub community, like all other 'fediverse-substrate' bodies, has waned. From an active community to just a forum. Now a decision has to be made for the future of SocialHub. The options are stopping, be just a forum, or revitalize a vibrant community. The last option needs people willing and committed to do so. To step up for the sake of Fediverse Futures.
Availability. It's easy to shill say midwest.social to other lemmings bc you're already both on a lemmy.
lemmy is a reddit alternative, so it would make sense to shill lemmy on reddit, but i don't see that happened for some unknown reason.
The EU via their Horizons Europe program, the [Next Generation Internet](https://ngi.eu) (where e.g. NLnet are associated) (NGI Initiative) are the biggest funders of the [free software projects](https://delightful.club/delightful-fediverse-apps/) that comprise the fedi. Without their support fedi wouldn't be what it is now.
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) recently [launched a pilot](https://edps.europa.eu/press-publications/press-news/press-releases/2022/edps-launches-pilot-phase-two-social-media_en) to have both a Peertube and Mastodon instance on the Fediverse, hashtagged #EUVideo and #EUVoice respectively. On these servers official European Commission related institutions as well as individuals working at the EC can have their accounts.
This recognition of the Fediverse and the interest that exists in entering our decentralized social networking environment is an important development. With success of the pilot there will undoubtedly be a follow-up and more initiatives to come. First results until now is that the parties that 'test the waters' are very happy on the kinds of interactions and quality of discussions they encounter on the Fediverse.
That is no wonder, of course. Fediverse offers **social networking** that is more personal and friendly, than corporate social media which is about 'broadcasting' and influencing.
Current pilot can be a ramp up to something much bigger:
#### Fediverse: United in Diversity
A social networking technology where _everyone_ can find their place and participate, that is not controlled by Big Tech and commercial corporate interests. For the European Commission there is the opportunity to passionately put their support behind fostering **"The European Take On Social Networking"**. Fediverse aligns to the NGI Initiative who envision an [Internet for Humans](https://www.ngi.eu/about/).
##### How you can help
To progress towards this vision it is important for the EU/EC pilot to be a success. As fedizen you can help with this. Here are a couple of ways to offer your support:
→ **Follow, boost, favourite the [EUVoice accounts](https://social.network.europa.eu/explore) on Mastodon and [EUVideo](https://tube.network.europa.eu/videos/overview) Peertube videos.**
- These early adopter accounts are _still learning_ how the Fediverse works, what the culture is and e.g. how we value accessibility and image captions. You can help them discover.
- Many accounts are still Twitter bridges and broadcast only. Some others respond and interact with fedizens, notably [@EC_OSPO](https://social.network.europa.eu/@EC_OSPO), [@EDPS](https://social.network.europa.eu/@EDPS) and [@EC_NGI](https://social.network.europa.eu/@EC_NGI). The operators of the Twitter bridges don't know what the value of Fediverse is to them, and if they should spend time with us. All reactions by us are monitored, so we can help them here.
- There are people giving highly toxic reactions to almost any EC-related toot. There are many things to be critical about. Politics is about the discussion of these issues, and good arguments help more than toxicity. Here we have opportunity to show we are different than the cesspit that Twitter is.
- Do not expect too much, too soon. There is a complex organization structure at the EC, and given the politically sensitive nature all communications are weighed carefully and undergo multiple levels of approval. Plans move slowly, but they are in motion.
→ **Let's give the fedi accounts more followers than they have on Twitter, if possible.**
- For instance the [Director General of Informatics at DG DIGIT](https://social.network.europa.eu/users/EC_DIGIT_director_general), Veronica Gaffey, has 191 fedi followers in short time, while [on Twitter](https://twitter.com/gaffey_veronica) she has 279 followers.
→ **If you are on Twitter, then help encourage EC institutions to also have an account on EUVoice.**
- A notable example is the [European Parliament](https://twitter.com/euparl_en). Respond to their tweets and name-drop the fedi as THE place to be.
→ **We are gathering a group of volunteers on [SocialHub](https://socialhub.activitypub.rocks) that can [help train EC representatives](https://socialhub.activitypub.rocks/t/looking-for-volunteers-organize-a-fediverse-training-for-eu-representatives/2437) in how to use the Fediverse effectively and understand its culture.**
- The activities we do here, starting later this year, stand to benefit any administration or institution interested to join the Fediverse, not just EU representatives.
This post is also [cross-posted](https://discuss.coding.social/t/help-make-the-european-commission-euvoice-and-euvideo-pilot-a-success/101) to the [Social Coding Movement](https://coding.social) that is dedicated among others to establish a Peopleverse on top of the fedi. Social Coding is not yet officially launched.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/279006
> Note: Responses on cross-posted threads may be missed. The best way to indicate your interest is to reply to the SocialHub forum topic, or alternatively on the [Fediverse announcement here](https://mastodon.social/@humanetech/108344611621798508).
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/273923
> Hurray 🥳
> On this 14th birthday test yourself on your knowledge about the fedi's history and our present state, and share the results with your fellow fedizens.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/228032
Quoting [lostinlight](https://mastodon.xyz/@lightone) who maintains Distributopedia:
> 🙃 Invitation 🙃
>If you create any art / promo materials about #Fediverse under CC licenses, please, add them to this collection:
>Also, please, use them!
Lemmur doesn't allow lemmy.ml logins. It is also hard to tell if i'm posting in X sub vs Y, because the way it displays cross posts is difficult. I could not figure out how to mention users.
I can't log in at all with jerboa.
Mobile browser viewer of lemmy is slow compared to big tech.
These will reduce normie adoption. In fact it made me turn more towards mastodon. I heard a statistic saying that people are more likely to use mobile over computer.
zuckerberg targeted individual schools to initially get fb rolling. Can we do the same?
If you're in school, set up a discord for your school. Print out a few posters and put them around your school, whisper to classmates in zoom, tell your friends etc. Bridge the discord to matrix if the plan works. [Bridging is very easy and free.](https://www.t2host.io/discord/)
Any other ideas to advertise a discord server in a school?
A lot of youtubers have their own discord servers. I've seen 1 or 2 IGers with discord servers. We could try to get them to bridge to a matrix room? How do we go about this?
For IGers, we could also try to say something like, 'put a link to a specific mastodon/pixelfed account that mirrors your content in your bio and i'll manually crosspost material to that pixelfed'.
Other ideas? And how do we get them to reply?
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/204666
> On the new [Discuss Social Coding](https://discuss.coding.social) (that has not officially launched yet) I posted some notes on a particular challenge the fedi imho faces, that hampers adoption and poses growing risks in the future if not dealt with appropriately.
> The notes leave a lot of things I've been looking deeper into unmentioned, but you may find them interesting nonetheless.
https://crossposter.masto.donte.com.br/ : “Any toot bigger than 280 characters will be posted with a link to the original toot.” too bad this only happens for over 280 characters!
This will help grow the fediverse, assuming enough of my toots are over 280 characters
https://crossposter.masto.donte.com.br/ cross posts from mastodon to twitter or vice versa (i've never used it). Does this one work well? Especially important is that the crossposted content says 'posted on mastodon link-here.com', which would help drive people to the fediverse.
What other crossposters exist?
Ex lemmy-reddit. Or anything-facebook.
https://crossposter.masto.donte.com.br/ i: "Any toot bigger than 280 characters will be posted with a link to the original toot." too bad this only happens for over 280 characters!
Tech normie friends who've either never heard of discord or heard of it once. They don't know who pewdiepie is. They use facebook, instagram, snapchat or tiktok.
I think marketing the fediverse to druggie friends might be easier since a lot of those friends use signal.
I think if i posted enough banger content, I might be able to get like 1 friend to jump ship.
Hey, you! You, reading this post! Are you a foss enthusiastic gay man? Do you have any foss enthusiastic gay men friends? There is a foss tinder clone where you can meet other foss enthusiastic men!
Pros: foss enthusiasts are more likely than average to have a stem degree, so gold digging opportunities lads!
Cons: if you're into women
This post is a meme, but Alovoa and my enthusiasm is real.
IN MY OPINION
2. CROSSPOSTING FROM TWITTER.
4. PROMOTING CENTRALIZED SERVICES.
5. USING CENTRALIZED PLATFORMS WITHOUT FEDIVANGALIZING.
7. POSTING CONTENT THAT IS CONSIDERED LANDFILL.
8. NOT GIVING MONEY (to fediverse projects and to instance owners)
you can add to this list. just make stuff up my my brain is already fried.
Questions have been raised about how exactly we can get a community of people to go from just subscribing to actually helping out. Various proposals have come and gone, and I figured I'd throw in my two cents and also use this thread as an opportunity.
The most common type of proposal I've seen has relied on some sort of paid marketing or financial incentives for contributors. In my view, this is a poor foundation to start with, as it gets people in this mindset that without money they can't do anything, and even if we had money, we'd just be encouraging people to only do things for money. As we've seen with all these other alternative social media sites, throwing money at the problem doesn't create organic communities.
We have to incentivize by creating a sense of community and mutual accountability. Working on this should feel rewarding and fun, as if you're a part of something. In that sense, this initiative isn't just for the purpose of marketing but also a way of prefiguring the vision of the Open Web.
The first step has been taken in that we have a [Discord/Matrix](https://lemmy.ml/post/146208) server which allows for closer and more real-time communication, but I do think it's time to take another step in ensuring people participate: tasking people.
**In this thread, put down your skills and any ideas you have (if any). I (and hopefully other people in this thread) will try to come up with suggestions of what you can do. By tasking people and having them report on their progress here, that'll create a sense of accountability.**
**If you're convinced you have no skills of use, doesn't matter, post anyways. What we need is engagement and commitment, and one of the biggest obstacles to that so far is people being convinced they're useless.**
Similarly, any matrix convos that are worthy of being made into a microblog/blog post could be manually posted to this sublemmy. This should help keep the fedivangelism discord+matrix communities informed about the lemmy community's developments and vice-versa
A good thing about much internet activism is ease of participation (slacktivism). Slacktivism can only go so far. As a similar example, this sub has 89 lemmy.ml subscribers, but most users have never commented or posted anything.
We can keep the lurkers/slacktivists, but it might benefit the 'core team' to have proper roles? I'm not entirely sure what the roles would be, but it has never been a problem at work to get workers to participate in the bosses schemes. Obviously a $$$ profit motive would be somewhat beneficial, but i'm sure there are volunteer mostly electronic organizations that do better work than pseudoanonymous internet groups. But when i've been in vaguely similar internet activists groups like this, we're lucky if even 2 people/89 subscribers message the mods of a subreddit about a matrix bridge.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/161512
> [R/antiwork was and is very hostile](https://lemmy.ml/post/157590) to some of us and power sharing. If a competitor sub becomes a major player, it would be good if some of us have a good position there. This is useful for foss promotion, and making sure comrades aren't being banned from a new r/antiwork.
> Edit: how many of us called it that r/antiwork needed to have proper backups across other platforms
> * r/antiwork2 - soft partnership with c/antiwork, you can cross post lemmy content to r/antiwork2
> * r/WorkReform
> * r/WorkersStrikeBack
> * r/MayDayStrike
> * r/workersrightsmovement
> * The-sub-you-know-of-that-I-do-not-goes-here