Really, asking "what should replace Facebook" is putting things the wrong way around.

A more interesting way to ask the question is, "what did Facebook replace."

People used to build their own websites. People used to have blogs. People used USENET which was truly distributed and un-censorable.

Facebook and Google took the open internet and open standards and monetized and made everything crappy. Enough of that. Nothing should replace Facebook, it's done, stick a fork in it.

@hhardy01 Important point, and we should value the real labor of communication and networking that users did using those corrupted tools even as we were being expropriated and manipulated.


@hhardy01 I guess what I mean is Facebook and its ilk should be "forked" - the real social networking and relationship work it exploits should be split off from the platform capitalist structure. Which means not one simple alternative to FB but helping people transition to using multiple platforms.


So a tool which would facilitate reconnecting with people's old friends list on Facebook for instance?

@hhardy01 Maybe, because Mastodon is distributed our friends would probably end up in various instances, so not sure how that would work... I think of it as a lot of recruiting... It would be great if there were a way to upload archived FB posts to some kind of shared archive, searchable but not for sale...


Well you have people you've followed and who've followed you, that could map the friends in a fashion.

@Matt_Noyes there is the mastodon–twitter link tool, which i used to find the people who i knew on twitter who had signed up, when i first signed up.
(also people had to link their masto *and* twitter account to the website, which meant if you didn't want one site to find you on the other, you didn't have to worry about it. smth facebook's email import thing doesn't allow.)
something like that could be made for facebook too, probably. idk if facebook's api is more hostile to that than twitter's though.

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