Nextcloud introduces social features, joins the fediverse using ActivityPub which will link to Mastodon, Peertube, Diaspora abnd many other social networks
Nextcloud (hosted at your company or privately by yourself) helps you stay in control over your data and communication. Social networks are the tool people use to stay up to date with what others are doing, be it in a private or business setting. But most social networks are centralized platforms under control of a single entity. Nextcloud Social provides a decentralized, federated solution that lets users remain in control while sharing status updates with and subscribing to feeds of others across Nextcloud servers.
For business users, this provides the first steps towards internal enterprise social networking, tightly connected with the productivity capabilities teams already use. It empowers employees to collaborate and share tips and ideas about how to improve the workplace.
For private users, by using the popular ActivityPub standard, Nextcloud users can subscribe to and share status updates with users in the so-called ‘fediverse’, an interconnected and decentralized network of independently operated servers! This allows federation of Nextcloud servers with the popular decentralized Mastodon network, where tens of millions of users already ‘tooth’ with one another, potentially growing the fediverse by an order of magnitude. According to wikipedia, Peertube and soon Diaspora are part of this same network, as are almost a dozen more communities. As every one of the hundreds of thousands of Nextcloud servers turns into a potential hub in the fediverse, this has very exciting possibilities for Nextcloud users to communicate with others!
This is a really important step to expanding the decentralised social networking fediverse! I see many smaller 'hubs' being hosted with local rules and conversations but enabled to connect to many others. You can choose where your 'home' is and interconnect with your friends anywhere else.
I'll certainly be trying this out on my Nextcloud hosting.
|Nextcloud introduces social features, joins the fediverse – Nextcloud
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