Tag Archive for ‘Meta’

Threads ActivityPub Beta ➝

Andrew Heinzman, writing for How-To Geek:

Threads’ fediverse-sharing feature is still in beta. It’s disabled by default, and Meta says that it’s trying to iron out some of the aforementioned flaws. Users who want to dive into the fediverse must open Threads, go to Settings, open “Account Settings,” and click “Fediverse Sharing.” Threads will give you an explanation of the fediverse before asking you to opt in.

I wouldn’t advocate that anyone start using Threads because of this, there are far better options available. But if you know someone that’s already using Threads that you’d like to follow from Mastodon or another ActivityPub compatible service, I’d send the link their way and encourage them to enable the feature.

➝ Source: howtogeek.com

Thread Count ➝

There’s a lot of hype around Threads and they’re piggybacking off of their existing account system, which makes sign up very easy for most people.

But the user numbers we’re seeing right now are irrelevant. There’s no way of knowing how many of these users are actually going to stick around beyond the initial launch timeframe.

I’ll wait six months to see what their monthly active user numbers look like then before coming to any conclusions.

➝ Source: theverge.com

Don’t Join Threads, Make Threads Join You ➝

I logged in to Threads to poke around, but don’t plan to use it for much beyond that. I’ll wait until ActivityPub support is added and then I’ll interact with Threads users from my Mastodon account.

➝ Source: wired.com

Premature Thoughts on Threads ➝

Chris Hannah:

The main rumour was that this new app would support ActivityPub, which is an open protocol that Mastodon is based on. This has led to all sorts of reactions. From people completely opposed to anything from Meta connecting to the Fediverse, and wanting to block it from their instance. To people that are excited about the potential of the new users that it would bring to the degenerated social network world.

I’d say I’m somewhere near the more optimistic end. Because, there is clearly space in the market for a new short-form text-based social network, and if it’s backed by Instagram, then it stands a good chance of surviving. Or at least gaining enough attention to make it viable in the short term.

If Threads supports ActivityPub, as the rumors suggest, it’ll be the coolest product announcement in the history of Meta.

It also has the potential to push the mainstream toward a future of social networking that I’ve had in the back of my mind for over a decade. A future where each person can pick and choose the types of services they want to use — video, photos, short-form text, longer articles, and others — and everything connects together because of a common, interoperable, and open protocol.

➝ Source: chrishannah.me

Mozilla Works With Meta on ‘Privacy Preserving Attribution for Advertising’ ➝

Martin Thomson, writing on Mozilla’s weblog:

Attribution is how advertisers know if their advertising campaigns are working. Attribution generates metrics that allow advertisers to understand how their advertising campaigns are performing. Related measurement techniques also help publishers understand how they are helping advertisers. Though attribution is crucial to advertising, current attribution practices have terrible privacy properties.

For the last few months we have been working with a team from Meta (formerly Facebook) on a new proposal that aims to enable conversion measurement – or attribution – for advertising called Interoperable Private Attribution, or IPA.

I’m glad I switched to Brave. It just saddens me that it’s built on Chromium. I wish Mozilla was a better steward of privacy and freedom online, but that doesn’t appear to be who they are anymore. So, Brave it is.

➝ Source: blog.mozilla.org

Facebook Changes Name to ‘Meta’ ➝

The name is fine. The logo is fine. And, as you’d expect, the company is just as toxic as ever.

➝ Source: about.facebook.com