Hokay, so, some initial observations.Comparisons to Facepalm
Comparisons to Diaspora
- "Social channel" seems to be your standard social media blogging platform. Something of a FB clone but FB cloned Myspace anyway so who cares. Ability to format is nice, seems to have access to both BBcode and Markdown (although MD formatting does not seem to be perfectly faithful -- underlining, for example, does not seem to work.
- I love to pieces that there are more options for posts. Disabling comments alone, glorious. Voting, expiration date, queueing, even encryption (note to self, figure out how that works). And categories. So all the best parts of Facebook and Tumblr. Aces.
- Meanwhile the Forum type channel seems analogous to FB groups, which are in essence thread-displayed forums (which are themselves in essence glorified listservs). Haven't played with these too much yet.
- Not sure what the point of the third channel type is. Further investigation is needed. Like Facebook pages maybe? Idk, seems like that would be covered by just having a second social channel.
- Don't see a way to do events, which I would consider a social media must-have.
- Asymmetric following is ... cool, I guess? I mean I guess FB technically has this too, since "friending" and "following" are two separate, only loosely-related, things.
- On the subject, can you "mute" one of the people you're following? Might be important for reasons of interpersonal drama.
- Inability to change visibility after posting is ugly, but probably a weakness of the federation system?
- Is it possible to tag people?
Comparison to Masto/Pleroma
- My very favorite thing about Diaspora is the bookmarklet feature. That doesn't seem to exist over here, or if it does I haven't found it yet. (Potentially a way for me to contribute to the project?)
- Diaspora does Markdown better.
- Diaspora has integrated chat (XMPP, even!), which I'm not seeing here.
- The sharing/"following" mechanic is a lot more ... intuitive, I guess, over here, but I only think Hubzilla's way is "intuitive" because Diaspora does it backwards to how every other site does it.
- Why are content warnings not a standard feature on all social media platforms these days? Seriously, I'd consider a way to redact sensitive content a key feature of a welcoming social media environment in our modern era. Potentially something else for me to contribute, if it doesn't already exist.
- The interface is pretty sluggish but that might be my computer.
- No mobile app is murder.
- What is the point of multiple "profiles" for the same channel?
- Editing fucking breaks formatting.
Might edit as I play around more.