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The limits of a decentralized social network

I like the idea of a decentralized social network. Everything is a node and all the nodes interact, allowing users to control of their content and information and so forth.

That said, I think a serious drawback is general discovery. With a messageboard, web forum or the like, one just has to peruse the posts and threads and jump in.

With Friendica, it seems a bit more complicated. I have to hope the friend suggestions function updates with an interesting person to follow, or I have to find a server that is open to the public to see what interesting conversations are going on. It’s the same way with the other social networks (GNUSocial, Mastodon, etc).

Of course, what I could do is sign up with another server, but that seems to bypass the purpose of a decentralized network to begin with. An account on another server means my information is on machines under someone else’s control. It’s the Facebook issue again on a smaller scale.

I’m not sure what the solution is, or even if there is one. It just seems like the whole decentralized social media concept is nearly there, but not quite.

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I wish I could pull Friendica posts into my WordPress site

A thought on the difficulties of managing a social networking site and a personal website…

A couple of things have caused me not to post to my site as often. One is that I’m busy. Aside from work I have quite a few projects I’m working on. The other is that I seem to spend more time on Friendica than this website.

I don’t converse with very many people on Friendica, mind you. Almost no one ever responds to my posts. I do pull in some very interesting feeds, though. It would be nice to repost those feeds into my timeline and have it somehow show up on the blog.

I can’t spend equal time among both. One inevitably is going to be the primary.