The shutting down of one online venue for #systemsthinking on Google+ is inconvenient, yet a possibility that we have forseen. In headlines, see:
- “Project Strobe: Protecting your data, improving our third-party APIs, and sunsetting consumer Google+” | Ben Smith | Oct. 8, 2018 | Google Blog at https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/
- “Nonplussed: Why I’ll miss Google+, the best of all social networks” | Steven J. Vaughan-Nicols | October 9, 2018 | ZDNet at https://www.zdnet.com/article/nonplussed-why-ill-miss-google-the-best-of-all-social-networks/
- “Meet the educators and gamers mourning the death of Google+” | Nastasha Frost | October 8, 2018 | Quartz at https://qz.com/1417299/google-plus-is-dead-meet-the-educators-and-gamers-in-mourning/ .
The Systems Sciences community on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117647110273892799778 is still working, on the day after the announcement.
Gabriel Asata asked:
Any idea about how to maintain ourselves in contact and keep the production and publication of this community after Google+ shutdown?
… to which I responded …
The Systems Sciences community on Google+ should acknowledge that an open community for systems thinkers worldwide has been provided at no charge by Google, as a commercial enterprise, for many years.
In partnership with Benjamin Taylor, our community has been prepared for the possibility that Google+ might not persistent in a supporting such a platform. In January 2018, we partnered on the Systems Community of Inquiry stream at https://stream.syscoi.com/2018/01/19/moving-to-stream-syscoi-com/ . This is an open collaboration site hosted on WordPress.COM that could be moved to an alternate provider, and is backed up on the Internet Archive (you can check at https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://stream.syscoi.com ).
If you prefer to just receive headlines, stream.syscoi.com syndicates to https://twitter.com/syscoi .
If you don’t like Twitter, and would like to experiment on an open source platform with a gradient of intimacy (i.e. like Google Circles), you might follow me (as an individual) at https://mastodon.cloud/@daviding . If a critical mass of individuals sign up on that platform, perhaps we can encourage that open source platform to flourish. (I’m also on Diaspora at https://diasp.org/u/daviding , but haven’t seen much action there in the past 3 years).
This is part of a longer story, at ..
- “Moving to stream.syscoi.com” | David Ing | January 19, 2018 | Systems Community of Inquiry at https://stream.syscoi.com/2018/01/19/moving-to-stream-syscoi-com/ ; and
- “Towards a federated social web” | David Ing | October 30, 2015 | Coevolving Innovation at http://coevolving.com/blogs/index.php/archive/towards-a-federated-social-web/
Since the original explorations in 2015, we can now see “The Federation refers to a global social network composed of nodes that talk to each other. Each of them is an installation of software which supports one of the federated social web protocols” at https://the-federation.info/ . Here’s a snapshot of popularity at October 2018.
Mastodon (which didn’t exist in 2015, as did Diaspora) now appears to have been growing in popularity.