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Migration Goals[edit]

Google+ provided a platform for many millions of regular users to interact over years. It will be shut down on April 2, 2019, per a January 30, 2019 announcement, five months earlier than originally stated in the first October, 2018 notice.

The goal is for those of us who’ve cultivated a significant personal social network on Google+ to carry that forward to some new platform(s).

The platform itself does not have to be a direct analogue of G+, though it should offer at least a reasonable set of similar features.

This is a set of individual migrations across a wilderness, not a single massive boatlift.

I’d initially selected a photograph the refugee ship Vlorna delivering thousands of Bulgarian refugees to Italy in 1991 to symbolise this effort. It ultimately doesn't represent what we’re going to accomplish, in all likelihood: the mass migration in one fell swoop to a new home. Rather, we’re going to be offering tools for people to individually cross the desert between two hospitable grounds. This suggests a set of tools that will be necessary: data extraction, both posts and contacts, a reasonable level of agreement on where to go (and there will doubtless be multiple eventual targets), and reconnecting on the other side.

And that's what we're going to talk about here.

See also: "Clarifying G+ Migration Goals".

Wiki Goals[edit]

The point of the PlexodusWiki is to collect useful information on user-generated media, a/k/a social networks:

  • What options exist.
  • What features and mindsets are wanted and available.
  • What features you should look for, or avoid.
  • Must-haves and optional elements.
  • Opportunities created by the sunsetting of Google+
    • Distributed and federated social networks.
    • Open and interoperating protocols.
    • Self-ownership and self-control of data and systems.
    • Disrupting the surveillance-capitalism infotech monopolies.
  • Challenges faced by online and social networks, starting with the obvious ones:
    • Threats and risks to users and operators.
      • User-focused risks: data loss, privacy, denial of access.
      • Operator-focused risks
      • Technical risks: hardware, software, networks, systems.
      • Legal risks, including civil, criminal, and Regulatory challenges.
      • Business and/or financial risks
    • Community risks: continuity, abuse, harassment, persecution, disruption, stagnation.
    • Existence, continuity, evolution, growth, and dynamics of communities, networks, platforms, and more.
    • External threats


TODO: Revise --Dredmorbius (talk) 12:57, 15 October 2018 (CEST)