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Google finds Vulnerability in G+ API. Sunsets G+ in response.

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IainB:
Google have probably been looking for an excuse to kill off the failed G+ Beta for some time now, without further upsetting the residual users. This "vulnerability" may well present a timely and convenient justification for doing that.

Edvard:
What real alternative is there, though?  If you want to do the whole social networking but don't want to give all of your info?  A couple of my communities created FB groups, but... FB.  A couple of others were mentioned... WeMo, Mastadon, Discord, Slack... but they all seem to be different animals.  The only real thing for public communities that opposed it was pretty much G+.
-wraith808 (October 08, 2018, 04:51 PM)
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Kind of a 'techy' alternative (they encourage you to set up your own "pod" to interact with), but the Diaspora Project is like a social network where you (or somebody you trust) holds the keys to the gateway.
Lots of people have posted about it here on DC, mostly mentioning it in passing, but here's a link:

https://diasporafoundation.org/
Welcome to diaspora*
The online social world where you are in control
diaspora* is based on three key philosophies:

* Decentralization
Instead of everyone’s data being held on huge central servers owned by a large organization, diaspora* exists on independently run servers (“pods”) all over the world. You choose which pod to register with, and you can then connect seamlessly with the diaspora* community worldwide.
* Freedom
You can be whoever you want to be in diaspora*. Unlike some networks, you don’t have to use your real identity. You can interact with people in whatever way you choose. The only limit is your imagination. diaspora* is also Free Software, giving you liberty over how you use it.
* Privacy
In diaspora* you own your data. You don’t sign over rights to a corporation or other interest who could use it. In addition, you choose who sees what you share, using Aspects. With diaspora*, your friends, your habits, and your content is your business ... not ours!
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Looks like you can cross-post your Diaspora posts to Twitter, Tumblr and WordPress, which is nice I guess.  I signed up forever or two ago, and now I don't even remember what 'pod' I signed up with.  I've also been off Facebook for about a year and a half.  If I want to know what's going on in people's lives, I have their phone number (the ones that matter, at least). 
Anyway, there you go.  YMMV.

*I don't know what the asterisk is for, but apparently it's part of the name; "diaspora*" not "Diaspora". :shrug:

IainB:
@Edvard: Thanks for the diaspora* link.   :Thmbsup:
I had forgotten about that. It seemed to be a bit "early days" before, but it rather looks like it might have matured somewhat by now. Musthavalook.

wraith808:
There are actually several alternatives showing up, or that I'm becoming aware of, and I'm trying a lot of them.

A few that I've tried and notes:

MeWe   http://www.mewe.com Your profile is not viewable unless you send/confirm a friend request. Centrally owned.  Has both public and private communities.Diaspora* http://www.diasporafoundation.orgDoes not have communities.  Each pod is individually owned.  I'm currently on http://www.pluspora.com. More on the way that the decentralization works can be found at https://pluspora.com/posts/bd589a50b6650136b7d300505608f9feHubzilla    http://www.hubzilla.orgSimilar to diaspora in that it is decentralized community run by individuals in a network.  I think it has communities, though I've just started.  I'm currently on http://start.hubzilla.orgCake   http://www.cake.coDifferent than most social networks, you follow topics and conversations rather than people.  Centrally owned.  Does not have communities.

Those are all of the ones that I'm currently looking at- most active on Pluspora and MeWe.  I also signed up for Mastodon and Minds, but haven't really given them enough of a try to fairly comment.

There's also an open document of G+ Alternatives: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1itbLtjWx2Cx88k2pqqwjY2j9vknLhoXpPXU52sTYbrI/edit#gid=0

So while it's still a bit sad to me that Google is killing plus, it's also been a real learning experience on alternatives.

Stephen66515:
I had been wondering for years if they were ever gonna shut down G+.  Not going to miss it (personally) as it was just horrific to use.

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