March 26, 2012
A distributed microblogging service. An artwork. Politics, economy and society.
March 26, 2012
THIMBL is a microblogging tool
doesn't involve birds THIMBL
THIMBL or whales
THIMBL is decentralized
THIMBL data is stored on the users' own server
THIMBL requires no software!* *...well, just a little bit!
THIMBL connects to the users' server with...
& finger* * what is a 1970s network protocol?
to access or update their user data
THIMBL is based on Mammatus a distributed webserver that allows
fast and cheap scaling
is designed to create a highly available cluster using simple
Virtual Private Servers, available for as little as MAMMATUS $5
THIMBL does as much as it can client-side, to reduce
THIMBL can be run with just finger and ssh installed
THIMBL could should be CLONE CLONE D we don't care
how, or why, just that it is
THIMBL is a manifesto for the open web, written in
the major challenge for the open web is political, not
technical - Dmytri Kleiner
CAPITALI$M will not fund platforms* free and open
* because it needs to capture profits for investors
In order to capture profit, capital financed platforms need to
control user interaction and user data
Free, open systems must be built without capital financing.
Thus, projects that intend to build free and open platforms
need to be extremely resource efficient
WHAT THIS MEANS...
simple, systems. built by small, agile teams in their spare
time quickly! SMALL
systems that can be deployed using common internet services, cheaply
on existing, established, distributed platforms where possible BUILD i.e. email,
usenet, irc, finger and not reinventing the wheel
THIMBL achieves this by building upon finger, ssh, http and
THIMBL becomes a highly available, open source, distributed social network
with very little new code see what we did there? ;)
THIMBL reduces development effort by leveraging existing free software as
much as possible Hi Twisted! Hello jQuery!
THIMBL is a performance as much as a platform
THIMBL is a call to arms: focus on simple systems,
extend established platforms take note developers!
THIMBL is OUR example development has been public using old
and new social networks
THIMBL is promoting the ideas behind what we're doing as
well as the platform itself
the constraints of time and resources are part of our
simple, early functionality is part of our message
living in the cyberghettos of free, open platforms is part
of our message
not keeping up with the Joneses in well financed web2.0
companies is part of our message
THIMBL will succeed with a community. join us and help
make a free, open, social network
THIMBL is: thimbl.net telekommunisten.net <socialNetwork>/thimbl presentation by @mikepearce need help
setting up finger or ssh? get in touch!
THX! http://flic.kr/p/7bzdhi - savannah williams http://flic.kr/p/7AqaXk - the loushe http://flic.kr/p/EoUx
- bayat http://flic.kr/p/K4QuW - CoreBurn http://flic.kr/p/4tc7qy - Cayusa http://flic.kr/p/Nitmw - Darwin Bell http://flic.kr/p/NhQ4f - Swiv http://www.flickr. com/photos/25787132@N06/4541845512/ - Ian Crowfeather thanks for the images!