Does anyone know of a viable open source Facebook alternative (especially for replacing groups)? Anyone try Diaspora?

@Matt_Noyes Not yet, but signed up for a demo account and hope to check it out if I get a response.

@Matt_Noyes "Error while validating account". Well, that didn't work out. 😕

@colombene then there's hubzilla, which I also didn't try...

@directpositiveaction I'm having trouble figuring out how hubzilla (and diaspora) works. The resources seem to be for developers - or super-power users. Can't find screen grab or a description of features or where to sign up. Is there a style instance?

I also tried Scuttlebutt/Patchwork. I did finally manage to sign up but couldn't find anyone or be found. I was sitting next to a friend on a couch, both our laptops open and we still couldn't figure out how to connect to each other. Had higher hopes for Planetary, but had that same problem. And the inability to ever delete anything scared me off.

Also checking out Fediverse protocols below (Hubzilla does seem versatile!) And heard about Junto and Hylo on Holochain.

Apparemtly the Nomad app doesnt work with Hubzilla 6.2 and from this point its best used as a Progressive Web App? @colombene @mike @massimiliano @disroot

I appreciate all these leads. I tried to contextualize the info and articulate my understanding of the decision-making flow and subsequent questions…

1. find a protocol and platform you want to use
how to evaluate that:
- where your friends are at
- good core structure (decentralized, open source, privacy)
- ease of onboarding (ie. can non-tech friends join?)
- good features, ux (can it do the stuff you need? how's usability? can you evaluate before joining?)
- is it being maintained?

2. set up or find an instance you want to use
how to evaluate and do that:
- how do you find them?
- if a directory exists - do you know, trust, align with the admin?
- if not, then what? wait around? hire an admin/maintainer?

3. find and connect to people
how to find friends or interesting people?
how to invite people?

@colombene A friend recently set up a mini-thing for a few friends in the local area with HumHub. It works pretty well. It's not part of the Fediverse, but might work if you want something just for a small group of people.

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