Twitter’s Jack Dorsey announced today that:
Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media. The goal is for Twitter to ultimately be a client of this standard. (source)
In the thread, he develops his arguments:
- New challenges posed to centralized solutions to enforce global policy
- Value of social media shifting away from content hosting to attention-directing recommendation algorithms
- Social media incentives focusing on “controversy and outrage”
He mentions a number of sources for inspiration, including Stephen Wolfram on persuasive technologies and an article from August 2019 promoting an approach to build protocols, not platforms that fails to mention ActivityPub or any other existing new such protocols such as Matrix…
Dorsey announced he would be looking for “an existing decentralized standard … or failing that, create one from scratch.” It’s hard to believe he or his team never heard of ActivityPub. It’s good to know they want to go into Blockchain instead of embracing, extending, and extinguishing something they have no control over.
He adds: “This isn’t going to happen overnight. It will take many years to develop a sound, scalable, and usable decentralized standard for social media that paves the path to solving the challenges listed above. Our commitment is to fund this work to that point and beyond.”
The first reply Dorsey received to his self-absorbed rant was, obviously, about ActivityPub:
Adheeth Praveen: There’s ActivityHub Protocol
Why reinvent the wheel
There was no answer yet to this obvious question.