#WhatsApp 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_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".
@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 #XMPP network that Snikket is part of, such as Movim, @dino, @gajim, @tigase and Conversations.
@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 It's everything Facebook owned. Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram are all having big issues right now.
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?
@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: https://mastodon.technology/@mattj/107004283841169853
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
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