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This is me screaming across the fediverse. I'm looking for people that used the original Seesmic before the service was shut down in 2009. I feel like if I were to reconnect with anyone from there, they'd be on the fediverse in 2020.

For context, Seesmic was a cross between YouTube and Twitter. Micro-video blogging with threaded conversations, no commenting, only videos.

I feel with a custom PeerTube instance we can maybe recreate what once was, what do you think?

@tychi @ajroach42 I'm pretty sure I was on there! And a host of other similar services like Phreadz.

@tychi @Edent @ajroach42 i remember Phreadz, I think Jamillah Knowles of BBC Outriders introduced me to the guy who made it once. Lots of fun. But it was a lot of tasty icing without much infrastructure cake at the time. Now, of course things have changed a lot in that regard, you may be onto something.

@tychi I think so. Text is so low effort though. Both to create and consume. Audio and video are nice, but perhaps not for conversations.

@tychi I did use the early Seesmic by Loic around 2008. What is it exactly that you would like to re-create?

@haitch I miss the async video chatting with strangers, where no one was trolling, but just giving you a glimpse into their world.

Afaik they shut down because the user base didn't justify the cost, so peertube might be able to make it more cost-effective as a community-run fedi-instance.

@tychi@fosstodon.org I hadn't heard of this service before today, but I hope you can manage to reconnect with those people and get something going!

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I wasn't, but would love to check something like this out once up and going.

@tychi seems like it would be better suited for AP than the PeerTube case

I'd probably just modify pleroma or some other lite AP implementation rather than mess with PeerTube though, unless I'm not thinking straight

@harblinger that's a good point, I'm not sure the underlying infrastructure.

I just know peertube does have AP built in too, so my naive thought is that it'd be threading PeerTube videos to be responses to a parent and then maybe some UI work to make it look good, since that'd be the primary feature for that instance.

@tychi Yep, my immediate thought was:

- More microblog oriented implementation first

- Video upload pipeline that uses ffmpeg to compress/reduce size and normalize everything so it's snappy and well formatted

- then just a custom front end / mobile client

could actually be the killer ActivityPub app πŸ€”

@harblinger and we know it's something users enjoy, because we all had a blast on there. I still remember Halloween.

Someone threw a party and let their guests chat on their account, so all of us regulars got to also meet their friends and feel like we were included in the Halloween party.

I've spent a lot of time online and nothing's really recreated that social experience.

@tychi for me I really enjoyed canv.as where we all drew pictures and remixed each other's drawings.... best online party I've been a part of

(didn't last too long though, couldn't figure out how to monetize: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canvas_Networks)

@tychi I've never heard of that site before, but... to be honest, a cross between YouTube and Twitter sounds like pure hell.

@flugennock haha, from the 2020 birds eye view of both platforms, agreed. After spending time on more curated and moderated fedi instances, it'd work with the right community.

There was a lot of "so this was what I did today" and questions like "how did you first get into such and such". But the short videos and async nature made it feel like you were actually keeping up with friends without needing to be on your device non-stop.

@tychi
i hadn't hear of such service too.but i want to help spreading your thinking about Seesmic in the fedi.so,i boosted your toot.

@4ioskd thanks :) it'll be cool if we can have this technology again one day!

@tychi I've used only the newer Seesmic to publish tweets back in the day. Twhirl was my go-to-client multi-user-client before the got acquired by Seesmic. Good old days :) If you like video (and photos) you should checkout the @pixelfed side of the #fediverse #seesmic

@tychi maybe related, in which case any feedback on how Seesmic worked would be interesting: github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube

@rigelk @tychi I ❀️ the idea of people being empowered by #FLOSS to get back what have been stolen from them.

Good luck @tychi, you can rebuild!

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