youronlyone,
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If you haven't heard, sadly, , one of the popular “groups” platform, is shutting down “probably” on February 29th.

In an email they sent to admins, the owner and developer can no longer support https://chirp.social financially as they failed to find a new job after they were laid off by last year.

So, if you have a Chirp.Social groups, either move to (https://a.gup.pe) (as suggested by Chirp.Social), or if I may, to (https://fedia.io), an [flagship] instance.

This reminds us the importance of having a built-in groups feature, and one where the groups feature actually federates.

Back in 2008, when the was born, we did have a built-in federated groups in / (today known as ). We used bang (!) instead of at (@). A built-in groups feature is more stable as established instances can host them.

Today, we have and (as well as -based instances) to fill in that, as groups is a built-in feature in those software products. It's just a matter of finding an instance that's open to hosting groups for any topic for the ActivityPub protocol.

That said, any Friendica, Hubzilla, Streams-based instances you suggest for groups?

youronlyone,
@youronlyone@c.im avatar

Okay, so I just discovered a new platform/service called / .

It's still on its testing phase, and creation of new groups is by approval.

See: https://about.fedigroups.social for more info.

@hello

hello,
@hello@fedigroups.social avatar

@youronlyone Thank you for the mention. We really appreciate it.

sl007,
@sl007@digitalcourage.social avatar

@youronlyone

^ Hey @datatitian if people can donate to guppe or help otherwise it might be a good point to announce it again :)

db0,
@db0@hachyderm.io avatar

@youronlyone and are all about federated groups. Lemmy also uses the ! Notation

rimu,
@rimu@mastodon.nzoss.nz avatar

@youronlyone Give https://piefed.social a try. It federates with Lemmy and Mbin.

youronlyone,
@youronlyone@c.im avatar

@rimu Thank you! First time I heard of !

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