11.17.22

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Social Control Media is Dying, Long Live Gemini

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Protocol at 11:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Gemini Amid Collapse of Social Control Media
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Summary: Gemini is a very attractive alternative, and not just to the World Wide Web but also to the “farming” of users on the World Wide Web as Gemini works very differently

THE Geminispace (or Gemini Protocol) is still expanding, as shown in the video above. I’m increasingly using it as my “daily driver” and it seems like other people who suffer ‘Social Control Media fatigue’ (tired of that junk!) are turning to complete alternatives (not ones that emulate Social Control Media albeit Free/self-hosted/P2P/federated).

“We run two Gemini capsules and use different server software for each; it’s rock-solid (easy to operate and robust, very stable).”Gemini’s most famous clients are probably Amfora and Lagrange (the latter is graphical and highly recommended, the former is likely “for geeks”); the latter’s developer, who is also heavily involved in Gemini, seems to be back in action. We hope that people sparing a lot of time by keeping off (away from) Social Control Media will consider Gemini instead of “more of the same”. Mastodon, Pleroma etc. don't stand for free speech; some people find this out the hard way. Some who try to self-host Mastodon also find the software to be bloated and hard to maintain (notoriously so), unlike Gemini. We run two Gemini capsules and use different server software for each; it’s rock-solid (easy to operate and robust, very stable). Maintenance has thus far been a breeze.

“People ought to pursue Software Freedom, general-purposes computing, and self-hosting.”Our goal here has long been to ‘herd’ people out of Social Control Media. My personal use of it has been mostly regretful in recent years; it was a waste of time at best.

People ought to pursue Software Freedom, general-purposes computing, and self-hosting. We’ll be spending the next few years explaining and promoting these (we plan to do videos about Mumble/IRC/Jabber/other self-hosted protocols/software). For something that resembles the World Wide Web (but done “right”) use Gemini. GNUnet and other projects are also interesting and we’ll explore them too, maybe even add support for them over time.

The way people emulate Social Control Media in Gemini has no length limit or bloat, e.g. this journal. Some people mirror their “toots” in Gemini, but that’s retrofitting at best*. Getting started with Gemini is super-easy. Just download a Gemini client.
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* “Mastodon and Pleroma etc are social control media,” an associate notes, “not a publishing platform like Gemini, so a comparison would be irrelevant.” Having said that, some are trying to do “Twitter over Gemini” or “Mastodon over Gemini”, which kind of misses the point of how Gemini operates. It’s not refined for “likes” and “comments” (even if these are feasible and already implemented in Gemini).

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