The Rainbow Illusion by Pixelfed
I don’t wish to start this brief entry with a headline as the new floss alternative that wants to kill x proprietary service
, because it’s already a topic quite used and, in my opinion, it does not contribute anything new to the debate.
I’ve always believed that it’s not about killing or being the only mass option
. For me, if there would be a free software alternative to do anything, this must be understood as a different way of seeing the world, conceiving it and acting on it
, far from other logics that are certainly prevailing and more popular.Publishing on Pixelfed
A couple of months ago, it was announced on Mastodon
, another social network attempt
, but focused at sharing images,as a Instagram-like, but with the features of operating under software that federates which could mean to allow that each person to create their own server, besides the possibility of examining or not the software on which the service runs
Now the test server opened the doors and it seems that the first two weeks have shown that this software has a promising future.
For now, it is in a closed beta status, which means that the records are opened every so often
; as also that the software is in continuous improvement, which means that it lacks many features; as for example, modifying avatar, what it’s impossible right now.
The (brief) Story behind PixelfedOsorno Volcano, Chile
A couple of months ago, when a lone developer from Alberta, Canada, called @dansup
started working on this new social network; perhaps, inspired by the success achieved by Mastodon
; added to the fact that the majority of the software of this one was completely well documented as well as that the Protocol on which it is based was transformed into a W3C recommendation
For now, the development is moving at a good pace; improving the UI every week, and allowing the integration of new features, improving the size of the images; of the text that is possible to publish next to them, among others.
Profiles and User Interface
The avatar is not modifiable at the moment. It is randomly assigned by the software and consists of drawings with circular patterns
2. Number of Publications, Followers and Following Accounts
It does not deserve much explanation.
3. Photo gallery
Later you can see the Photo Gallery; which, for now, allows you to see the 21 latest publications.
- Compass: The compass indicates accounts that you can follow.
- Heart: The heart indicates notification.
- User: The user shows the following options:
a) My Timeline: is the place where you can find your publications and the publications of the people you follow
b) Public Timeline: shows all the posts on the server
c) Remote Follow: It is supposed to follow users who have their accounts hosted on other compatible servers
d) Settings: Allows you to modify the account settings. For now, the only option that can be modified relatively is the personal profile. Warning: As in Mastodon the username is final, it can not be changed.
e) Logout: Exit Pixelfed
5. Followers and Accounts You Follow
This page shows your followers or the accounts you follow. Here you can stop following them or follow them if you like.
Publishing on Pixelfed
It does not have much complicated explanations. You just have to look for the capture or photo, which must not exceed 30 megabytes
, limited to 6 photos per publication. Another limitation is the formats of the photos, which must belong to the following formats: jpeg, png, gif and bmp
There is the possibility of modifying the image by applying one of the innumerable filters, to achieve a better effect.
Saving postsKhalessi gives the Fire and Blood Blessing to Pixelfed
Next to the heart, the balloon of the comments, there is also an option to save publications to observe them later and not be lost them by the flow generated by other entries.
I hope it improves and can federate with Mastodon.
Originally posted at: http://en.cybercratia.cl/2018/06/18/the-rainbow-illusion-by-pixelfed/