Today is a big day – coming out of stealth with the project that we've been working on for a while. @planetaryinc is a new social network we're building based on Scuttlebutt – it's aiming to be decentralized, open, but still open and humane. https://t.co/fXUH4RfRNq
— Tom Coates (@tomcoates) January 22, 2020
I feel this is one of many to come. Not another social networks, but the idea of rethinking the advantages of decentralised, federated and distributed networks.
When I saw Aral’s talk a long time ago at Thinking Digital, I have been wondering why don’t more designers look at the advantages and rethink them into completely new user experiences?
Imagine: Decentralised, Its not a bug its a feature
I like what planetary has done with the FAQ page. You would also expect them to shy away from the underlying networking technology of Scuttlebutt (which is hard to explain to people use to centralised models of social networks). They took the underlying technology and turned it into a competitive business advantage, without breaking the ethos/promise of the technology.
So you got Aral, Tom and many more examples coming out of the Indieweb movement including Aaron
This is the future… Good ethical technology, good ethical design and good ethical data practices = Great new user experiences.
This might sum up the talk I’m thinking about for Agile Manchester 2020.