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Has anyone heard from @Cade Johnson of late?

Last activity I see is from August 2020. Hoping all’s well.

#pluspora #googleplus
 

Hello and a big welcome

to everyone new to diaspora\*


With Google+ closing today, you might have just signed up to diaspora* looking for a new home. We're so pleased that you've decided to give diaspora* a try. It's fantastic that you've joined us! We have a big existing community of former G+ users, and you could try tags such as #gplusrefugee and #googleplus to connect with people you know from G+.

We hope that you quickly find your way here, and enjoy getting connected with people and content.

Here's a few tips for getting started:
  • There are some step-by-step tutorials on our project website covering the basics of how diaspora* works, and how to get connected with people. There's a link to these in the side-bar, should you ever want to read them in future, and there's also an in-app Help section you can access through your user menu (at the right-hand end of the header bar).
  • You can search for people by name or by diaspora* ID (which looks like an email address), if you know it, from the search field in the header bar. You can invite people to join you in diaspora* by sending them a link to our project website, from where they can choose their own pod to register with. Your friends don't need to be on the same pod as you in order to connect and communicate with you.
  • One good way to start getting connected with people is to start following some #tags of subjects that interest you (maybe #music, #photography, #linux, or #activism ... whatever interests you) so that you will see content on those topics in your stream. You can then start following people whose posts you find interesting, by placing them into one of your aspects.
  • If you have any questions, post something with the #question or #help tag, and people will try to help you. Make sure to make your post public so anyone who can help is able to see it!
diaspora\* has some very simple community guidelines, which we hope everyone will feel able to follow so that all members can have the best possible experience here.

We're trying to improve diaspora* all the time, fixing bugs, honing performance and adding new features. But how fast we can do this is limited by the time developers have. To improve diaspora* faster, we need more developers! If you've just signed up and can code, or know someone who can and who might be interested in joining our team, get in touch!

<3 diaspora\*

#newhere #neuhier #nouveauici #nouvelleici #nuevoaqui #nuevaaqui #nuovoqui #nuovaqui #nuovoutente #nuovautente #nieuwhier #новичок #νέοςεδώ #diaspora
 

An OTM error in "Who Owns the Future?" No, Google did not exit social media in 2014


In an otherwise excellent programme, and her own otherwise insightful commentary, OTM guest Dina Srinivasan incorrectly comments that Google "exited social media" in 2014. This is not true, nor does it reflect Facebook's perceptions at the time by available evidence, though Facebook was very much the dominant online social network by 2014. The assertion mars Srinivasan's analysis.

Reading a prepublication draft of "The Antitrust Case Against Facebook" at SSRN, the claim seems to centre on one of several former Google social networking offerings, Orkut:
By 2014, competitors had exited the market, Google’s competitive offering Orkut shut down,76 and Facebook’s monopoly was complete ...
(p. 23)

The statement is true as far as it goes: Google social media platform Orkut was shuttered on September 30, 2014. However it was by the time quite marginal, having peak appeal in Brazil, and claiming 66 million users (by unknown qualification) as of 2011.

The problem with Srinivasan's claim is that Orkut was not, and is not, Google's only social media offering. Others include Google Buzz (shuttered October 14, 2011), Google Wave (shuttered August 2010, spun off to the ... now discontinued ... Free Software project Apache Wave), Google+ (launched June 2011, shuttered April 2019), and YouTube (extant). As the public is becoming aware, Google enters, and exits, product niches with some frequency. It's become something of a bitter joke in the tech community. See https://killedbygoogle.com or the tech discussion site Hacker News where new Google product announcements are largely met with collective yawns and the evergreen question "when will Google shut this down?"

As of 2014, Google+ was very much positioned as a Facebook competitor:

Another Try by Google to Take On Facebook by Claire Cain Miller, June 28, 2011
Google has tried several times, without much success, to take on Facebook and master social networking. Now it is making its biggest effort yet.

On Tuesday, Google introduced a social networking service called the Google+ project — which happens to look a lot like Facebook.
And Facebook appears to have taken the threat seriously. From Wired (which also cites Srinivasan extensively):
The most revealing insight comes from the summer of 2011, when the company was gearing up to fend off the threat of Google’s rival platform, Google+. The complaint quotes an email in which Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote, “For the first time, we have real competition and consumers have real choice … we will have to be better to win.” At the time, Facebook had been planning to remove users’ ability to untag themselves in photos. One unnamed executive suggested pumping the brakes. “If ever there was a time to AVOID controversy, it would be when the world is comparing our offerings to G+,” they wrote. Better, they suggested, to save such changes “until the direct competitive comparisons begin to die down.” This is close to a smoking gun: evidence that, as Srinivasan hypothesized, Facebook preserves user privacy when it fears competition and degrades privacy when it doesn’t.
"The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case"
Gilad Edelman, 12.09.2020 07:42 PM

There's also ex-FB exec Antonio García Martínez's 2016 account:

"How Mark Zuckerberg Led Facebook's War to Crush Google Plus" by Antonio García Martínez, June 3, 2016
Google Plus was Google finally taking note of Facebook and confronting the company head-on, rather than via cloak-and-dagger recruitment shenanigans and catty disses at tech conferences. It hit Facebook like a bomb. Zuck took it as an existential threat comparable to the Soviets’ placing nukes in Cuba in 1962. Google Plus was the great enemy’s sally into our own hemisphere, and it gripped Zuck like nothing else. He declared “Lockdown,” the first and only one during my time there. As was duly explained to the more recent employees, Lockdown was a state of war that dated to Facebook’s earliest days, when no one could leave the building while the company confronted some threat, either competitive or technical.
Mind: despite being a very active user, I'll be the first to admit that Google+ had its limitations, including reach and uptake by the public. Google+ could claim a large number of user profiles, literally billions, as through about 2016, every new Gmail or Android user was automatically registered with the service, totaling about 3.5 billion profiles. Google were immensely cagey about just how many of these were actively using the site, offering statistics which were openly scoffed at in the press. I realised that a measurement was in fact possible, and determined that only 9% of users ever posted publicly to the service, and 0.16% (about 4--6 million) had a public post within the preceeding month. This is NOT the industry standard measure of monthly or daily "active users" (MUA, DAU), but does give a strong indication of activity.

https://ello.co/dredmorbius/post/naya9wqdemiovuvwvoyquq

(Yes, I am the king of underutilised social media services.)

Independently corroborated (on a 10x larger sample) by online marketing consultancy Stone Temple (now Perficient): https://blogs.perficient.com/2015/04/14/real-numbers-for-the-activity-on-google-plus/

Four million active users ain't nothin'. But it's extraordinarily small stakes in the online world, where mainstream services boast user counts in the hundreds of millions to billions (430m MAU for Reddit, 2 billion at YouTube, 186 million Twitter, 2.4 billion Facebook), with some 3.4 billion users worldwide. Even allowing for lurkers, Google+ active users were likely in the 10--100m range maximum.

Arguably the largest current Google social media offering, however, is YouTube, claiming 2 billion MUA in 2019, and the second most visited website worldwide overall, following Google Web Search. Facebook is number 6, and spots 3--5 are all Chinese.
Adapted from an email to OTM regarding the error.

#OnTheMedia #DinaSrinivasan #SocialMedia #Google #GooglePlus #SocialMedia #Monopoly
 
Hey everyone, I’m #newhere. I’m interested in #communication, #cyberpsychology, #photography, and #psychology. Thanks for the invite, @Tursiops!

Thanks, @Tursiops, for the invite and your active role in keeping things smooth.
I've been "Federated" since just before the demise of #googleplus /#gplus
So I guess I might tag #gplusrefugee . But I've settled into pora* via pluspora, and have many acquaintances now across pods/instancies/geography.

So this is my effort to stay both on and off the grid, should my existing pora* instance go down, as it sometimes does. I hope to "cross-connect" with others already in my aspects, and have another way to stay connected across the Fediverse. (I'm on Flickr for photography as well.)

Enough. Hi. Happy to be "here". #StaySafe (my preoccupation, here in NYC, since around March)
☮︎
 

MeWe: A trip report


The alt-right darling moderation-free online site #MeWe is back in the news, along with neonazi Gab and #RebekahMercer funded Parler, it's emerged as a Facebook/Twitter alternative, again.

I'd done an exploration of the site two years ago as #GooglePlus was shutting down

https://old.reddit.com/r/plexodus/comments/a1jqsy/mewe_a_trip_report/

Among other highlights:

Advisors

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Inventor of the World Wide Web.
  • Cullen Hoback: Director, Terms and Conditions May Apply.
  • Sherry Turkle: Professor, MIT; author Alone Together.

Groups


Partial category listing, top-listed groups within each.
(Members in parenthesis)
  • Activism: QAnon+++ (2,572), PATRIOT PREPPERS USA (2,430), Deplorables Republic (2,48), The War Drummer (1,898), Patriots for a United America. (1894), Anonymous (1,700).
  • Education: Q-Anon Patriots (1,616), InfoWars.com (1,217), Constitutional Liberty for All (907), Prepping, Homesteads skills and Community (887), Shamanic Community (756), Truther Talk (665).
  • Fraternities: Freemasonry (1072), Brotherhood of the Blade (313), Proud Boys Canada (74).
  • History: 9/11, False Flags, & NWO Truth (1,872), The American Cowboy (1,065), "This Day in History" by Tara Ross (590).
  • News: Judge Jeanine Pirro has Fans (7,808), Qanon News (3,466), Unfiltered News (2,913).
  • Politics: Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11,486), The Conservative's Hangout (8,345), Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5,600), Drain The Swamp (4,978), Libertarians (4,528), United We Stand Trump2020 (4,216).
  • Recreation: Everything Reloading (3,252), Redeye Reloading (1,980), Fishing (1,549).
  • Self-Directed Learning: @ Exposing the Matrix of Lies (997), WAKE THE FUCK UP (474), Wake the Fuck Up. The Next Dimension (287). WTFU when SHTF (126).
  • Social Change: Armed with Truth and Knowledge (1,986), VEGANS UNITE (766), ACTIVISM universal headlines ~❉~ (729), Meet Earth's Cosmic Neighbors (MECN) (663).
This is only a partial sampling.
 
Image/Photo
Social Distancing # 101
Garden of the Gods

This is/was in one of the final "collections" I was working on, at #googleisevil / #Googleplus, when we received word of our imminent demise. Never (yet) parlayed into a collection on my own site, lost in the dust more or less. Well, a little more "at home" time this year.

More "Americana" (plus 13 galleries of photography from U.S. and around the world) @ http://www.fenichel.com/americana.shtml

#fenfotos #Colorado #GardenOfTheGods #geology #scenic #America #photography #myphoto
 
#googleisevil
Anyone having their data misused or having an investment of time and energy in #googleplus knows this.

Justice Dept. Plans to File Antitrust Charges Against Google in Coming Weeks


But now it's tough to cheer as they are being challenged, considering the source - equal or more evil #trumpvirus "justice", i.e. #Barr .

Well, in the words of our latest national motto, "we'll see what happens". As once again we see how low the Barr can go.

#MakeAmericaSaneAgain

The New York Times: Justice Dept. Plans to File Antitrust Charges Against Google in Coming Weeks (By Katie Benner and Cecilia Kang)

 
Hey everyone, I’m #newhere. I’m interested in #communication, #cyberpsychology, #photography, and #psychology. Thanks for the invite, @Tursiops!

Thanks, @Tursiops, for the invite and your active role in keeping things smooth.
I've been "Federated" since just before the demise of #googleplus /#gplus
So I guess I might tag #gplusrefugee . But I've settled into pora* via pluspora, and have many acquaintances now across pods/instancies/geography.

So this is my effort to stay both on and off the grid, should my existing pora* instance go down, as it sometimes does. I hope to "cross-connect" with others already in my aspects, and have another way to stay connected across the Fediverse. (I'm on Flickr for photography as well.)

Enough. Hi. Happy to be "here". #StaySafe (my preoccupation, here in NYC, since around March)
☮︎
 
Hey everyone, I’m #newhere. I’m interested in #communication, #cyberpsychology, #photography, and #psychology. Thanks for the invite, @Tursiops!

Thanks, @Tursiops, for the invite and your active role in keeping things smooth.
I've been "Federated" since just before the demise of #googleplus /#gplus
So I guess I might tag #gplusrefugee . But I've settled into pora* via pluspora, and have many acquaintances now across pods/instancies/geography.

So this is my effort to stay both on and off the grid, should my existing pora* instance go down, as it sometimes does. I hope to "cross-connect" with others already in my aspects, and have another way to stay connected across the Fediverse. (I'm on Flickr for photography as well.)

Enough. Hi. Happy to be "here". #StaySafe (my preoccupation, here in NYC, since around March)
☮︎
 
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