I just realized: One thing I'm missing from the Fediverse are event calendars.
I'm currently in a group of people planning a climate protest, and we're using Facebook to post events there for people to subscribe to.
I'm not aware of any federated social network / tool where I could post a calendar event and people could subscribe to it.
That would be a really useful feature to get more people off Facebook.
@colomar replying because I need a calendar too.
My phone's calendar has gotten really slow and of course Google Calendar is very un-free.
@colomar Yup, the federated calendar's a good idea, particularly if it's incredibly simple.
We have a foible about calendars and tend to actively avoid them because of their tendency to intensely bloated functionality.
@colomar it would also be an opportunity to address safety. Organizing on Facebook is about one of the least-safe things you can do. So, for example, one could design things like the "I'll be there" click not to track any info about the user... help the organizer get an idea of attendance, but not do the huge Facebook surveillance/sharing part.
@colomar yeah absolutely, for everything from cultural to personal to political the events platform is a key key part of why it’s hard to cut out Facebook.
I Would be super interested in working on a project like this... a friend and I started something similar as part of a hackathon but it as a way bigger project than we could chew at the time.
@padraic_padraic @colomar I'm said friend. That was before we knew about the fediverse. Our plan was a close clone of Facebook Events except you'd invite people by email and they'd create a login for that event only. Would like to revive that idea, then add ActivityPub integration.
Only problem is I know sod all about frontend development.
@keir Well, I happen to be a UX designer with some frontend dev skills (pretty good in the HTML / CSS department, started to learn JS with React and Vue recently), so maybe I can help you?
Or maybe we should join forces with @gergely
since he is currently working on a federated calendar using ActivityPub ( @calendar_social ), which seems right up the same alley?
Together we could really make this shine!
@colomar I'm actually testing this in Friendica where I can setup an event and share that with friends. It works for networks that support the events such as Osada and Hubzilla. These networks allow to users to accept or decline, integrate in calender etc. Other networks such as Diaspora* just receive a post in the stream.
@ericbuijs Interesting! Are they using ActivityPub for the events or some other protocol?
I'd love to see this functionality in Mastodon as well. Even though people might set up events less often in microblogging systems than in traditional social networks, the amount of favorites and boosts that my toot already received shows that I'm not the only one looking for such a feature.
@clacke Thank you for the input! Good to know that AP apparently already supports events.
I know that Mastodon doesn't automatically support all AP features, which does make sense given that not all features make sense for all applications on the Fediverse.
The fact that the favorites and boosts on my original toot are still coming in npw, I have the feeling that there are many Mastodon users who would also like to see this feature there, however. :)
@colomar Friendica shows the incoming events as DFRN protocol not AP unfortunately. So I believe that the chances for Mastodon supporting this are very slim.
@colomar I was thinking about this recently, too. I'm in the market for a general non-google calendar software right now regardless, but was thinking about a good way to handle decentralized and/or secure anonymous gatherings as well.
Adding federated support could be a great start.
@twisterghost Apparently you're not the only one, seeing how my original toot got 45 boosts and 41 favorites so far in less five hours. Seems like I've hit a nerve there.
Sounds totally interestin, but so far nobody was able to explain it to me.
For calendar subscriptions, you could run your own NextCloud instance. That's what we're using to provide CalDAV for working groups and webcal subscriptions to interested parties of public events.
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