Unlike Us #2: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives
Session 2 : Artistic Responses to Social Media
Dmytri Kleiner (DU) - Responses of Thimbl
Conference Day 1: March 9 2012, Amsterdam, 13.00 – 15.15
Lost in the hype of the “Social Web” is the fact that the Internet has always been about sharing: For decades, Usenet, Email and IRC have been enabling social connections, including citizen journalism, photo sharing, and other features of recent web-based systems. Such decentralized platforms were not controlled by any one organization, and do not directly capture profit, thus these platforms where not of interest to Capital. On the surface, Thimbl appears to be yet another microblogging service, similar to Twitter or identi.ca. However, Thimbl is simply a client model for the user Information protocol called Finger. The Finger Protocol was originally developed in the 1970s, and as such, is already supported by all existing server platforms.
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