Federation, Decentralization, and Cross-Posting
As I participate on various free/open source social platforms, I find that there is some confusion over the meaning of several important terms, which I'd like to clear up:
Decentralization is the phenomenon of having multiple hubs (sites, nodes, pods) on a network that communicate with each other. Diaspora, Libertree, StatusNet, Pumpio, Friendica and RedMatrix are all decentralized, in that there is not a single hub, but rather multiple hub/sites, run by various owners/providers that can all communicate with each other, but all using the same platform and protocols. This is unlike, for instance, commercial platforms, like twitter, googleplus, or facebook, which are each centralized on a single site run by a single owner/provider.
Federation is where different platforms can communicate with each other. This is very different from decentralization. Diaspora and Friendica, for instance, are federated, in that they are two distinct platforms, but folks on either can communicate with folks an the other. The same is true of statusnet and friendica. Friendica federates with more platforms than any other (statusnet, diaspora, facebook, and, I believe, now pumpio). Diaspora only federates with friendica (and only because Mike and Ilyas worked together to make it happen). Libertree is not federated. Statusnet federates with twitter. Federation is two communication.
Cross posting (xposting) is where content on one platform (posts, messages) can be forwarded to another platform, but this is one-way communication. Friendica can xpost to livejournal, dreamwidth, insanejournal, facebook, statusnet, twitter, pumpio, libertree, wordpress, and others, one way (while with some, there is also the option of two-way federation. It used to xpost to posterous and tumblr, too, but those platforms were purchased by twitter and changed their APIs and stopped working). Diaspora can xpost to twitter and facebook (used to xpost to tumblr, too, I believe).
This post is being posted on my blog on the RedMatrix platform, but will be xposted to friendica, libertree, pumpio and dreamwidth. From my friendica profile, it will also federate with diaspora, in that my diaspora contacts will be able to read it and comment on it, as well.
I will also xpost it to another of my RedMatrix channels: @Tazman DeVille
#federation #decentralization #crosspost #xposting
I guess one problem with large nations (both geographically and by population) is that it's harder to protest policies.
Look at Ukraine: people from all parts of the nation were able to go to the capital city of Kiev/Kyiv and take part in a single large protest movement (which, BTW, is not just about joining the EU any more).
The same can't be done as easily in large nations: I don't think protesters from, say, Los Angeles, have the same capability to join their compatriots from New York or Washington, DC. Instead, we get a lot of smaller protests, which are easier to disrupt or ignore.
That's why, for example, the progressive protest rallies in Default City were so easy to ignore or write off as "a bunch of pesky urban hipsters".