Content warning: Pinned post, about following from multiple addresses
Hi, when I follow someone I usually do this from multiple accounts, with different servers and platforms. This is partially as backup. It’s also because different software has different features. E.g. at the moment of writing I mainly post from my Friendica server, but it doesn’t yet support polls, or account migrations. So I also follow from my Pleroma server, which does notify me someone has migrated.
I also sometimes use platforms that support nomadic identity, that allows my channels on multiple servers to be synced. From software that doesn’t support that, a follow request looks like multiple separate requests from those channels.
Content warning: pinned opinion about nude scenes in films
Many actresses are somewhere in their career forced to do a nude (sex) scene. The male actors hardly ever are. To me the purpose seems sales rather than art. I'd wish for films to never include nude scenes and to always use suggestion instead.
Content warning: crossposting policy
Gidi reshared this.
@firstname.lastname@example.org well as from Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr as
@GidiKroonbut I'm mainly using my own Friendica for now. Even though I have been on the fediverse for a few years, I've never done an #Introduction post, so let's do one for this channel.
I tend to post about actresses and singers I'm a fan of, sharing news about their new projects as well as my thoughts about films and tv I watch. In between I give my take on political things as well as about the fediverse. When I learn new things hosting a fediverse server or other technical things, I try to share them here too. Longer posts may end up on my blog
gidikroon.eu(which you can follow at
In real life I work as a software developer, but I keep work separate from a private account like this. I play (beach) volleyball when I can, at a very low level. I live in the Netherlands and occasionally cycle and take photographs. I read and watch sci-fi and fantasy, and am interested in ways to achieve social justice, gender and race equality, sustainable energy use and climate justice.
Feel free to follow, as I will also follow other accounts I find interesting without expectation of them following back. Feel free to share (boost, repeat) my posts if you want, using whatever share function comes with your platform. I tend to close DMs to only allow people I follow. I check my fediverse accounts only one or a few times a day, typically on my phone or tablet, so I tend to not be part of live discussions.
In my quest to find how to do 'unlisted' videos on PeerTube, I found that PeerTube has unlisted videos. At least if you switch the UI to English, one of the privacy options is 'unlisted'. In Dutch it is called 'Geheim', which means 'Secret', which is much closer to the real behaviour. The 'unlisted' videos of PeerTube don't work at all like 'unlisted' posts, but more like the 'sharing with link' secrecy setting of Microsoft Sharepoint and similar.
I want something that is available publicly to guests, listed on my public profile, maybe notified to followers, maybe found in a search, but which doesn't show up in a federated timeline ('Recently Added' in PeerTube) on other servers. I want to avoid having to setup a separated server without federation to do that.
I'm now thinking of setting up a separate PeerTube account and/or channel especially for unlisted (but actually secret) videos, then setup a separate Friendica account (because 'unlisted' is a profile setting, not a post setting in Friendica) or Wordpress blog to manually publish my 'secret' videos in an unlisted manner. Unfortunately, Friendica's 'remote-self' feature can not be used to do this automatically, because PeerTube keeps 'unlisted' videos also secret from followers...
BTW, offloading storage and serving via cdn are also really easy in PeerTube, so you can go that route as well.
- Being able to control replies (who can reply, which replies are visible; some platforms suggest control of who can reply but you can't really prevent people from replying on other platforms)
- Controlling who can see your posts (you think you control this, but you don't; once the post is on another server, they could theoretically show it to anybody) (similar to how on Twitter when you block someone, they can just log out and see your posts)
- Hashtags (they don't work like you think, are used to, or how they should work)
- tumblr-style reblogs (something between a reply and a reshare ('Announce'), sharing a whole thread on your feed while adding to it at the bottom, and increasing the 'notes' count on the original post)
- Twitter-style quote-tweets (there's no verb in the vocabulary to notify the origin server about the post being linked, so a quote-share isn't quite the same)
- View counts (#PeerTube shows how often a video is viewed, but this is for viewing inside PeerTube only; many more views may be via other means)
- Having images in posts (of course there are images in posts, but they are not really 'in' the posts, they are retrieved separately, but this is a bit of a nitpicking distinction only interesting for server load vs privacy)
Weirdly, a common problem in fediverse platforms is that user profiles from other servers aren't complete (not showing all posts), but that would totally be possible in Activitypub by using the outbox collection. Not sure about replies under remote posts though, they often are incomplete as well but I don't know whether there's a 'replies' collection.
Other things that currently are problematic but have nothing to do with limits of the Activitypub protocol (but some with the choice of using webfinger for account names) and are likely solvable:
- finding users (only local users, and locally known users, are easily found with a search)
- finding topics (idem, a topic could be very popular on other servers but if nobody on your server was ever @-mentioned you'd never know it)
- share identity between platforms, or not have the domain name in your handle (or actually changing your handle at all is currently not possible)
- search within your server for posts based on text (#Mastodon limits search deliberately, other platforms don't)
- not having your server crash when someone with more than a few followers reshares your post (currently all receiving servers go and request the post's contents and we all forget to cache this stuff)
- not having a small website crash if it's linked in a post (currently all servers individually contact the website to construct the preview card; there's no central preview card cache, nor is the preview card generated on the sender side as it should)
The often mentioned related issue of having your accounts on multiple servers of the same platform is solved, however. On e.g. Osada you can having a nomadic identity and switch between hosts without losing posts. Most platforms don't implement this, though.
Example of the unexpected limitations of Activitypub: let's say next year some conference about some topic X is held and they ask everybody to use the hashtag #XConf2023. They see only a few, or no, posts. What happened? Because Activitypub only includes hashtags in posts that got delivered for some other reason, as long as no local user was @-mentioned, the posts do not get delivered to the server they were listening on. Activitypub lacks the ability to address (or subscribe to) hashtags.
To solve many of these problems, we'd need several types of directories, relays or caches and more adoption of the ones that already exist. Also the work towards #ocap (object capabilities) is useful to put the poster back into control of their post.
Am I missing the mark? Missing something else?