Someone shared somewhere that Mark Zuckerberg wants to be a part of the “Metaverse”, and I didn't get into it but I am assuming he meant like the Scuttlebutt Network and decentralized web and all that.
But it makes me think: “what is the technology behind social media called, anyway?”
Think about it: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Mastodon, Pleroma, Pixelfed, etc. – they're all (for the most part) referred to as “social media” – but shouldn't there be a name for the whole process/method/way-of-doing-things that warrants a “term”? Like “P2P”, or “download”, or “stream”, or something like that? I mean if someone says “send a friend request”, isn't that just FB terminology?
Some people call them social networks, and that works. But if everything went “decentralized” or utilized ActivityPub or/and the Scuttlebutt Network (which is an actual technology – not a website), wouldn't we just refer to it as a “meta network” (as in like “the metaverse”)?
I mention all this because I realize that networks (social or otherwise) on the Internet are not really going anywhere, they're here to stay. I have friends, and people I correspond with, and people whom I've exchanged e-mails with on the W.a “blog network” (for lack of a better term), and I like simple blog networks. They're more like people visiting from a distant house in a surrounding neighborhood, stopping in for a “hello” – they have their own lives and activities (or blog), as where social media is like someone who brush past you on the street, not to be remembered or referred to again (you or the other person) – just fast exchanges of...whatever. People in a blog network “know where you live” on the Internet, everything is more real and relevant, because there is (usually) more credibility at stake, or, more “skin in the game”.
I am not saying I will ever join a “social network” again, but if there were some sort of Scuttlebutt Network technology behind W.a (it already employs ActivityPub), then I may use it. Just sayin'.
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