Mr. X
2 years ago
Thanks Yosem - this is a good read.

Privacy, Moglen, @ioerror, #rp12 by Dmytri on Dmytri

- We are not progressing from a primitive era of centralized social media to an emerging era of decentralized social media, the reverse is happening....
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Martin Farrent
2 years ago
One thing I think is important about this project: We don't show contempt for the mainstream. We're contemptuous of the people who exploit them, but not of the mainstream itself. We actually spend a lot of time getting stuff right for those we sometimes call 'normals' - instead of inventing new 'metaphors' like Diaspora (when many people have only just come to terms with the old ones) or (much, much worse) treating their preferences as stupid, which is what the Linux pioneers tended to do. Telling people to junk Windows 95 and do everything with emacs or VIM was a recipe for the unfortunate reputation that has thwarted dreams of Linux on the desktop to this day - even though modern Linux desktops do come close to what Windows 7 and Lion have to offer. The prejudice that Linux is and will always be for servers and geeks isn't going to disappear in another decade - and the Linux community itself is largely responsible for it. That's the kind of mistake we have been avoiding... so in a sense, we're playing a ball game that hasn't been played before. We're mainstream-friendly avantgarde. :-)

(Of course, what 'geeks' need to keep reminding themselves of anyway is that 'normals' aren't necessarily dumb, lazy and uncritical idiots - but first and foremost just people who aren't focussed on computers. That's a bit difficult to digest, because computers and what they do are so much more important and far-reaching than 'normals' tend to realise. But then how would 'normals' know that if they're not focussed on them? :-) )
2 years ago
Martin raises a good point here. One of the things that allowed me to finally ditch Windows in 2006 after several failed attempts starting in 2000 was a friendly and helpful user community.

I found that community in the Ubuntu forums.

As a beginner it was nice to finally find a supportive environment where the vibe was about sharing and just helping out. Contrast this to my previous experiences of trying to get linux running where a seemingly endless parade unhelpful dickheads (I'm exaggerating a bit of course) told me to RTFM, etc.

What Martin is talking about sounds like the business concept of remaining "focused on the customer".

Even though at present little if any money is changing hands in the Friendica community, end users can still be thought of as "customers" in this respect.

Seems to me that organizations which focus on the customer tend to outperform those that don't. In this respect alone, I think that Friendica has a bright future.