Praveen A on Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:42:38 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Diaspora* for kids

2011/11/28 Flick Harrison <>:
> Hey nettimers,
> I'm working on a mapping art project for a community centre here in Vancouver, with my art group Something Collective Â( ). ÂPart of my mission in this project is to re-localize teenagers - i.e. bring them into a geographical relationship to their neighbours.


> The part I'm planning on leading is the documentation / dissemination portion. ÂThat is, as people participate I want to get them to share the experiences and imagery with their social networks, but I can't bring myself to advocate facebook, twitter, google+ etc. ÂAll my non-profit, artist and activist circles use facebook to promote things, and I don't believe it's ultimately healthy.
> Why? ÂWell, facebook's algorithms don't necessarily have the community's best interest at heart, let's put it that way. ÂI'd love to see facebook get left behind like friendster or myspace at the earliest opportunity, in favour of some open-source alternative or, even better, meat-space encounters. ÂPeople on this list will have a plethora of their own qualms about corporate social media.
> Despite that, though, I think reaching out through social networks will help get more people involved.
> So I'm thinking of kicking in a Diaspora* element, possibly using D*'s ability to integrate with facebook as a sort of weaning / luring process.
> Anyone have any thoughts or experiences with that? ÂIs anyone here using Diaspora?

It is a good idea, we use diaspora for our Open Movie Project (chamba
at If it was my own decision I
would have just gone with diaspora alone, but many in the community
felt we should use twitter and facebook, so we send diaspora posts to
twitter as well (we have created one aspect for posting to twitter so
that diaspora posts does not have to be restricted to 140 characters,
but if diaspora post is less than 140 character clicking on twitter
button will post to both diaspora and twitter). And twitter is setup
with send it automatically to facebook. So you can follow similar
setup or drop twitter and send posts directly to facebook.

> My I.D., which I've just set up, is

I'm sharing with you, my id is j4v4m4n at joindiaspora dot com

We also have a local diaspora community - community at diaspune dot net

PS: You may check out our project at and if
you are interested you can help us with concept art and story board

Current drawings

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