Christopher Allan Webber

ActivityPub reaches Candidate Recommendation status!

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Hello everyone! Excited to announce that ActivityPub reached Candidate Recommendation status. Huzzah!

We've also launched an ActivityPub advocacy site at!

Now is the time to implement!

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>> JanKusanagi:

"ActivityPub" ?”
You can call it "the federated social web" or whatever you want. ActivityPub is the name of a protocol. Regular people talk about e-mail, not about "POP3", etc.

By the way, I don't recall Diaspora or Friendica people commiting to implement this, but the thought of Twitter and Facebook becoming part of it, is quite amusing xD”

You certainly don't seem to understand what I want to say, and most probably I don't understand important facts about "ActivityPub".

The whole point is you CAN'T call it anything you want. Email is the best example. You call it "email", not "digital letters" or "electric post" or whatever.

I seem to be ignorant about what to expect from ActivityPub though: I was hoping to one day ask people if they are on "ActivityPub" to follow them - or not. The way you describe it is like it being some kind of matrix, where it could be possible to have gnusocial and diaspora using activitypub but still being incompatible. If they would be compatible - what would be the point of callig them either way instead of "ActivityPub"?

mray INACTIVE at 2016-11-17T20:40:15Z

This is a protocol advocacy site. It's aimed at developers, not users.

It's important for both clients and servers to implement HTTP, for example, but users of the web don't need to know what HTTP is.

Christopher Allan Webber at 2016-11-17T20:55:22Z

Hmmm... The "fed-web"... "What's your fed-web account? I'll message you a link for that story I told you about."

Charles Stanhope at 2016-11-17T22:18:29Z

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So what are developers supposed to do with it? is this an invitation to create a compatible network (like email or the web) with different browsers/clients? If so - how is this different from calling electronic mail (smtp & imap) "email" or internet chat (xmpp) "Jabber". To me it looks like we have a new smtp or xmpp but have no "name" for it. ActivityPub might as well be "ACP".

mray INACTIVE at 2016-11-17T22:50:46Z