@cat Happy Birthday!
Back in the GTalk days, you could talk to your entire Google contacts list via federated XMPP.
So even back then I had way more contacts on XMPP than GNUSocial or Identica.
Google played a large role in killing off XMPP usage and the day they announced sunsetting GTalk was when I realized they're just another embrace-extend-extinguish monopolist.
Society needs self-hostable, scalable and functional alternatives to surveillance capitalist systems of manipulation and censorship.
Here's the direct link to the findings from those documents:
It is really quite damning.
* Facebook deliberately obscured from users what information they were collecting about them & how to opt out
* Facebook used its monopoly to cripple competing applications and services
* Facebook signed agreements to acquire data other app developers collected in exchange for some of its own
* Companies could circumvent user permissions by signing an agreement with Facebook
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko