Trying out Tent.io – Decentralized Social Web

I discovered a link to Tent.io a few months ago, and it was very appealing to me. “This,” I thought, “is how the web is intended to work, and not all conglomerated into the big platform du jour.” Whether that platform is AOL, MySpace, Twitter, Google+, or Facebook, I believe all (well some already have) will go the way of the Dodo because they do not follow the architecture and promise of the Web.

This blog was intended to implement that promise of the Web. I would share everything that interests me in one place, and anyone who felt like interacting with that content would link to me, and vice versa. I’ll admit that I got sucked into Facebook a bit, and I like the features of the Google+ platform, but those platform are not neutral. They were not built for the altruistic reason of letting us all share thoughts and content with each other. They want to collect our information and serve us advertising to support their businesses.

I’ll be spending time this holiday season to set up my own Tent server on a VPS and hopefully find some other interesting people who have done the same and see how it all works.

If you, or someone you know, has a Tent server, drop me a comment and let me know.

2 Comments

  • Steve Phillips

    December 18, 2015

    If you’re having trouble setting up the server, don’t worry — the Tent community is good about this. I think a couple users even made a doc saying more explicitly how to set the server up.

    Some helpful resources: https://github.com/tent/tent.io/wiki/Explaining-Tent

    –Steve Phillips / elimisteve
    ^https://elimisteve.tent.is

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  • Nir Alion

    December 18, 2015

    I’d love to hear more about your tent.io experience
    i also want a social platform that is not controlled by a corporation, advertisers and shareholders.

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