Unbundling Social Media
The core functions of social media can be roughly split up into reading, publishing, and discussion. Instead of baking these functions together into giant, monolithic platforms, we should have separate, interchangeable applications for each.
My own projects follow this pattern: Yakread is a reading app, Platypub is a publishing app. My preferred discussion app is Discord.
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