December 16th 2016
I woke up this morning, had a tiny cup of espresso and did my practice. During the practice I realized something. I went into Twitter yesterday for real, for the first time in a long time. I went in to see what's going on in there that people haven't deleted their accounts and abandoned ship.
I didn't get that answer but I did get one answer. I knew this morning on the mat why I was there.
I was there to let you know you can leave. There's a way out.
I'm celebrating that, while acknowledging many people, upon deciding to leave the Twitter 'verse will probably need to mourn the loss of what that technology once was and the number of hours they spent pouring energy into someone else's project. If you want to read more on this subject, I wrote on it further in Death & Tech.
I have perspective on the technology that started in 2007 (a year after Twitter was created). It has changed. In my opinion, there are technologies that do what Twitter once did, and they do it better. If you can acknowledge it's time for something new, something better, than Twitter, something along the lines of the protocol it could have been, didn't become and no longer needs to become since we've created, and are creating, something better to replace it -- well, then you've got the memo and can hang up the phone.
The Twitter phone. You can hang it up now.
Why? Secure Scuttlebutt is prime time. Over the past week micropub hit cool. You can communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world, at anytime. Over what's called a gossipped, eventually consistent, protocol.
Secure-scuttlebutt provides tools for dealing with unforgeable append-only message feeds. You can create a feed, post messages to that feed, verify a feed created by someone else, stream messages to and from feeds, and more (see API). From the sbot Docs
There's the capacity to follow and be followed. There's the capacity to send messages that are direct and encrypted. There's the capacity to learn things and go outside a comfort zone. There's the potential to get there earlier than other people -- in entrepreneur-ese it's called first mover advantage, it's called being an early adopter.
I'm writing about this because I think it's important you know about it. There's a parable, and it's what occurred to me on the mat this morning, that says if you get to the top of the mountain it's imperative that you bring down from the top of the mountain what you learned up there so other people who perhaps can't yet make it to the top get to know about it. And now, you know.
The interview I did with Dominic is a good place to start learning. I'm in Scuttlepub on and off throughout the day. I use and encourage you to test micropub if you have the skills for that part of the experience.
TL;DR there's a way out. That's why I went into Twitter yesterday and why I'm writing this to you today.
May your journey beyond Twitter be well lit.
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