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Do you own your data

I don’t have any need or desire to use Facebook or Twitter. I don’t need Nextcloud or MediaGoblin or Drupal or Diaspora or GNU-Social or Mastodon or WordPress. I’ve got all of the features from those applications that I want – right now, without needing those applications. I’ve got as much privacy as I want or need – up to top secret messages between top secret friends if I need that level of privacy. I can share photos from my photo albums and videos from my library with selected friends and *only* those selected friends. I’ve got 16 years of my online life literally in my pocket. Everything I need to keep from my online life over those years. I can spin it up on any server in the world at any time and have all my friends and all my content intact if the datacenter serving my stuff gets hit by a nuclear warhead. I can spin it up right now and keep it all synced between servers as I add new content – and switch to another server at any time; for just a few minutes or a few years. My server is my social network, even though I’m the only person with an account on it. My friends have their own servers and these all work together. It’s my personal cloud and my file sharing app. If I allow you to see my videos you can see them. If I don’t – you can’t and there’s nothing you can do about it. You don’t need a password on my machine to do this. You just be yourself and do your own thing, and if you can see them you’ll see them. I don’t see targeted ads. My dead friends don’t recommend products for me to buy (this actually happened to me once on Facebook). I don’t get spam from Twitter begging me to login and let them analyse me.

This is what we mean by « own your data ».

 

Mike Macgirvin wrote this thinking at Hubzilla

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