Using Friendica as a bridge between Federation and Fediverse.
I am, like many, a #gplusrefugee
. However, I'm also a #roleplayer
, and G+ was a nice haven for a lot of my peers.
Following the announcement of the G+ demise, a lot of them settled elsewhere: MeWe, Diaspora, Mastodon.
While MeWe seems to be the community's favorite, there are... issues with it, that have been explained elsewhere.
So, my choice was between Diaspora and Mastodon.
I already set up more than one mastodon account outside this world: one on dice.camp
, a Mastodon node set up by Dungeon World author Sage La Torra and already inhabited by some fellow Gplussers. Some folks opened tabletop.social
Me, I moved to Diaspora instead, and found it quite cool mainly because it indeed is, but also because I'm not really fond with the twitter-like setup of Mastodon (I'm told that pleroma variant allows for longer messages, but still...) . I love its interface and its features. However, it can't talk with Fediverse and Gnusocial world. Bear in mind that I'm not dissing Diaspora: if I hadn't a lot of contacts on Mastodon, I wouldn't have considered Friendica, and as I stated before, won't delete my D\* account anytime soon. It's a great network. However, I'd like to aggregate both worlds.Enter Friendica
Friendica, other than being a social network in itself, allows for interoperability between Federation and Fediverse. I can follow folks on Diaspora and Mastodon and see their posts. In turn, they can see mine and a sort of two-way communication can be enabled. It is far from perfect, tho': interface is somewhat less intuitive than Diaspora's, you don't get to see diaspora tags and the like. That's why I keep other accounts open: to check out public flows on Fediverse/Federation and check whether there are folks worthy adding or old acquaintances / g+ refugees that entered this brave, new world.
There are few wrinkles, but somehow this workflow sort of works, and that's a good thing. I'm missing G+ less and less every day. I can keepn touch with folks on different systems. And that's the good thing for me, the plus that keeps me choosing Friendica as my main driver.
As usual, YMMV. If you're happy with a Diaspora-only workflow, great! However, if you look for a way to aggregate stuff from folks dispersed between Federation and Fediverse, know that there is a way. It might not be straightforward, it might require some work, but there definitely is a way.