Installed own temp instances of Pleroma and Mastodon to debug/test ActivtyPub, and now if you follow an account on our software daily notes will appear with upcoming events. This is our attempt to provide some value to platform that don't understand the Event object. Also, Pleroma has better install instructions 🙂

And some things we didn't mention! Many rough edges and a lot to do, but if you are interested or just want to let us know what you think of the idea get in touch. There is more on our website: theoccasionoctopus.net/

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For federation, follows and approvals are passed between servers and public events are federated between servers running our software. Over time, we hope to use fully to trade data with other event software.

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We can import iCal feeds online straight into events in your account. There is also a Read/Write API so you can program bots that add events; here's some Python code to scrape events from a website, for instance.

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If your events are public, others can easily export them with JSON and iCal feeds. Totally open, no authentication needed.

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We support events in different time zones, and let people browse in any timezone they want.

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We even handle reoccurring events with the standard RRULE options (although the web UI to edit this needs work)

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We are about event discovery and don't try to take over an events existing ticket system, sign ups, etc ... instead we direct people straight back to the original home of the event online.

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Or add events you know about to pass on to your followers. (Note the various privacy level options, and you can choose different levels for different events). This way, you help others discover great events.

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Then you can go to discover, and browse all the events people you follow are publishing. If you like one ... you've just discovered a new upcoming event! You can add it to your set of events to recommend to your followers.

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Then you can follow other accounts, on the same server or on other servers (more on federation later). Your can allow anyone to follow you, or approve each follower.

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So we are trying to help with event discovery. Here's what we have so far .... Firstly, you create your account:

@humanetech @strypey @lightone We do intend to add ActivityPub support and are using that as a guide already. But good to be clear to people - if you want to add a note saying "(ActivityPub support planned but not yet working)" that's totally fair.

@humanetech @lightone @strypey Thanks! We now have code online and a basic website at theoccasionoctopus.net/ Still a lot to do but we are just going to keep working slowly. Federation status: Basic federation works, but not using ActivityPub - this is something we will keep looking at!

Ssssh, Sneak Peek! We put a basic website and our first open source code online: theoccasionoctopus.net/ Still a lot to do but we are just going to keep working slowly - when we do our first proper release you'll be hearing much more from us!

Just seen Google is shutting Structured Data Testing Tool search.google.com/structured-d in favour of Rich Results Test search.google.com/test/rich-re Very disappointing because A) old tool shows all data; new tool does NOT; only shows data relevant to search results B) In new Tool you have enter a CAPTCHA every time you run a test. Their blog: webmasters.googleblog.com/2020

Great to see reach version 1, congrats! 🙂 framablog.org/2020/10/27/mobil [ We are working on a different use case to them and have already been looking into how data exchange & would work ]

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