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is currently down. This is your regular reminder that centralized platforms are centralized: a single point of failure and control.

Help spread the word about open decentralized networks.

If you want to migrate your family or other social group away from proprietary apps but don't know how, that's what we're here for. You can self-host Snikket or sign up for our hosted platform. After setup, invite your contacts with a simple link and you're done.

snikket.org/service/quickstart

Good luck!

@snikket_im While most tech literate people agree that WhatsApp sucks, self promotion by pointing that a competitor has technical issues is ethically questionable marketing :D Have people using your software for its user friendly culture and useful technical features rather than "because WhatsApp is down".

@snikket_im @thorn Distributed network with no single point of failure seems useful technical feature to me. WA is only an example what can happen without such feature.
@thorn @snikket_im Is it ethically questionable? Isn't the centralisation of WhatsApp, meaning when it goes down _no one_ can communicate, a big part of the argument in favour of decentralisation?

@thorn As far as ethically questionable marketing goes, I'm afraid we can't compete with Facebook and their PR teams 😉

We're promoting open-source and an open ecosystem. You don't have to use Snikket, there are many alternatives on the network that Snikket is part of, such as Movim, @dino, @gajim, @tigase and Conversations.

And XMPP isn't the only open network, there's also and . All of us are working on decentralized alternatives to WhatsApp, powered by open-source.

@thorn Someone recently posted it this way: "if your product helps people, it is your moral duty to promote it".

Currently many people are unaware of open alternatives, and collectively we all have a lot of work to do improving that. Times like this are perfect to educate them, when they might wonder how else they can communicate during this outage.

When you're up against tech giants, just building good software is not enough unfortunately - with money and marketing they will win by default.

@snikket_im
@thorn

Oh fuck off. Don't go evangelizing software. Of course this is coming from fosstodon users

@snikket_im @thorn I'm founding an NGO with this precise scope: implementing open source technology in valuable realms/domains and teaching professionals on how to use it. Cost free for professionals. First application domain: investigative journalism. We already started.

@snikket_im It's everything Facebook owned. Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram are all having big issues right now.

@snikket_im

While I use XMPP and Matrix every day and heavily promote open networks to get people off Whatsapp and the like, I take issue with this post.

1. Are you suggesting, that people in the Fediverse are never plagued by server troubles? Sure, if one server is down, the service as a whole still works. If you are connected to that one server, you are still screwed.

2. I don't get that point of Snikket. It seems to be just another XMPP client and server. What makes it so different?

@snikket_im @Bart_Wux

Sure, but it's not worldwide problem. Difference just like single case of illness vs pandemic.

@Bart_Wux Hey 👋

We're absolutely not suggesting that server troubles can be magicked away by decentralization. It's a fact that tech does fail regardless of who you are. The difference is how many people are affected when that happens. Billions of users are affected by this outage, and that can only happen when an entire network is built under a single organization. It reduces the robustness of that network as a whole.

Related post about Signal's outage recently: mastodon.technology/@mattj/107

@snikket_im

reminder to fediverse users that you need to have accounts on multiple instances for this 'downtime resistance' to really work.
mastodon/etc can go down, or one of your instances get "blocked" by a glitchy router like happened to me once

but otherwise, yeah. use #XMPP .
it seems to have withstood the test of time better than #Matrix has so far

@Valenoern @snikket_im

> it seems to have withstood the test of time better than #Matrix has so far

how so?

@Valenoern
12 accounts on 7 servers, one of them my own, is that enough?
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