Why is no one making a new version of old Facebook?

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    Federated, ActivityPub-compatible social network server with friends, walls, and groups.

  • They do, or rather not old Facebook, but old VK: https://github.com/grishka/Smithereen

    As a bonus it's an ActivityPub enabled application, so any specific instance of it requires less work to get the network effect going. :)

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    A social networking engine in PHP/MySQL

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    Dumfederated gRPC social network implemented in Rust/Tonic/Diesel with both Flutter and React (web+native) frontends. 🐕💩EZ to deploy to your k8s cluster.

  • I am (sort of), but it's decentralized and AGPL-licensed, and has more chat-oriented features that old Facebook didn't. Chronological sorting, no likes, a heavy focus on events. I hope to get some local businesses and/or municipal governments deploying it in the next year or so.

    Last time I posted it to HN (earlier in development) it got hugged to death pretty quickly. But this is only a comment rather than a full post, and I've made Jonline a bit more resilient (and stuck its HTML and media behind a CDN), so let's see how this goes :)


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