This entry builds on this Medium article: On Beasts and Bridges
While that article covers the background and philosophy of social media integration, this post and follow-ups, here or on Mastodon is intended to be more practical.
I do not know what Vivaldi plans for social media, either on Vivaldi.net or in the browser, but I know what I would want:
- A way for me to have full control of all my social media content,
- and the interactions they are a part of,
- handled by software I can trust, and replace.
The Vivaldi Mastodon
Vivaldi has not just a Mastodon instance, but also an as yet relatively basic integration with the other vivaldi.net social offerings. This is ahead of other mastodon instances, but more will follow.
IndieWeb has this concept Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere (POSSE). It is a good concept to build upon. Vivaldi.net could be the first site for those of us that don’t have a site of our own, a mirror for those who do (read the Medium article for more thought on this).
Initially allow users to automatically publicize blog posts on social.vivaldi.net, later other content. But also allow content to go the other way (e.g. with an appropriate #hashtag, #blog for instance).
Next stop forum.vivaldi.net. In this case a bridging, preferably open, software. More like an interface than directly integrated with the particular Vivaldi forum software (which, frankly I am not too impressed with). Such an interface could be used by any forum software to integrate with Mastodon or any other software based on ActivityStreams, ActivityPub specifications.