Most importantly, stop putting institutional events on Facebook, stop using it at universities, stop making participation in Facebook mandatory through your institutional, organization, and activist roles. You can be online, and social, and connected without supporting Facebook.
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@omanreagan you have lost the day you gave your data to a company.
@omanreagan I think we need either one alternative platform that we all use (for events); or an easy way to federate or link various platforms, but I totally agree -- we should be using FOSS and ideally coops for these activities.
@Matt_Noyes There are alternative platforms. But you have to select one. I think this is already disagreable for many humans.
"One alternative platform" nope. You run into the same problems as facebook does. Bundling a billion people into one big platform doesn't work without making a lot of money either as donation or any other way. Federation works because you have communities and enthusiasts who are willing to spend $30-50 per month for a server which can handle a few thousand users. We also solve the different privacy laws per country problem with federation :)
@omanreagan I wish there were better tools to do these things off of Facebook.
@omanreagan they have a thing called workplace that is £3 a month and used for work. my boss loves it and has just moved everyone to it.
they say as you're paying you are incontrol of the data, I don't believe it and will be using it as little as possible
@omanreagan is there a *good* alternative to fb's group/event function, because I am never going to be able to pry certain people away from that monstrosity unless there is
Media network need critical mass. Until then, you will basically be alone, and it will be under-developed in terms of features .. because there are no users to ask / test them, an too few contributors.
So at some point, we - the nerdy people - must take the lead on adoption and say "yes, we gonna build or pick a thing, and join it and bring life in it, until the critical mass is there"...
who get together in different combinations and different public venues to make music for people (for free, donations cheerfully accepted)
We need a private and secure place to discuss and plan gigs, share info, music, pictures, video among ourselves, without endangering anyone's privacy/employability, no matter how stuck up their boss/corporation, plus a public face.
@omanreagan how institutions and organizations should deal with federated social networks?
- make an "official" account somewhere?
- start their own instance?
I absolutely hate it when organizations use FB as their main or even only online presence. It is maddening.
@omanreagan 
University of Twente has a Mastodon instance run by @hiemstra
The IR community has a Mastodon instance run by me firstname.lastname@example.org
MIT also runs an instance.
Let's see how they fare - non-techies tend to care about the end user functionality only, that is sharing info; so if that offered is sufficient, they may switch over!
It's what just prevented me from using watsi: they require fb from their donees!
Them and the cbc can go jump.
I will not support them.
@omanreagan The one that riles me more than any is newspapers addicted to Facebook tracking which run countless articles ten years too late telling me to quit Facebook which are themselves riddled with Facebook links.
@omanreagan The Guardian is particularly obnoxious in this regard to me. They pled for crowd funding, which is great, told us that it had helped them break free of reliance on advertising, and then announce that they will be launching a collaboration with Google's home speakers, the most transparently cartoonishly dangerous ideas in tech.
@omanreagan This has always annoyed me. Every University I have been a student at every class makes a Facebook group. Every social group makes a Facebook group. It assumes that everyone uses Facebook and if they don't then they should. The same with events, I never know what's going on. Even my main social group now uses Facebook and another member texts me about whatever is going on. It's amazing how isolating it can be not using Facebook.
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