Nextcloud introduces social features, joins the fediverse


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Originally published at: https://nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-introduces-social-features-joins-the-fediverse/


Today, Nextcloud 15 has been made available. As there is so much new and improved in this release, we have dedicated separate blogs to each main area of improvement. This blog covers a preview of the the brand new Nextcloud Social app, introducing social networking to Nextcloud.

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The Mastodon project is excited that Nextcloud users can now join the fediverse, potentially growing the decentralized web by an order of magnitude
-- Eugen Rochko, Mastodon founder

Introducing Nextcloud Social

Nextcloud helps you stay in control over your data and communication. Social networks are the tool people use to stay up to date with what others are doing, be it in a private or business setting. But most social networks are centralized platforms under control of a single entity. Nextcloud Social provides a decentralized, federated solution that lets users remain in control while sharing status updates with and subscribing to feeds of others across Nextcloud servers.

For business users

For business users, this provides the first steps towards internal enterprise social networking, tightly connected with the productivity capabilities teams already use. It empowers employees to collaborate and share tips and ideas about how to improve the workplace.

Many large enterprises look for the benefits of cohesion an internal social network brings, but struggle to introduce it. Employees don’t want another tool that is poorly integrated with their workflow and forces them to pay attention. By deeply integrating in their productivity workflow, Nextcloud Social is in a unique position to deliver increased adoption of social networking in the enterprise.

This degree of integration explains why Nextcloud Social fits with our long term vision of providing large enterprises powerful collaboration and communication capabilities in an integrated, secure, compliant and extensible way.

For private users

By using the popular ActivityPub standard, Nextcloud users can subscribe to and share status updates with users in the so-called 'fediverse', an interconnected and decentralized network of independently operated servers! This allows federation of Nextcloud servers with the popular decentralized Mastodon network, where tens of millions of users already 'toot' with one another, potentially growing the fediverse by an order of magnitude. According to wikipedia, Peertube, Pleroma, Friendica and soon Diaspora are part of this same network, as are almost a dozen more communities. As every one of the hundreds of thousands of Nextcloud servers turns into a potential hub in the fediverse, we are very excited about the possibilities this will give our users to communicate with others!
follow what is happening on your timeline
find users on your or other servers
there is an emoji selector

Get started!

Version 0.1 alpha, a preview of the app, can easily be installed from the app store. It can connect to other servers in the fediverse, allowing users to subscribe to others and let others subscribe to their feed and share their thoughts. We plan on supporting the special API used by the many Mastodon clients so users can use those apps with their Nextcloud server in the future. Future releases will let you share images, locations and the many other features you are perhaps used to on other social networks. Get involved!

We hope you will enjoy the many improvements in Nextcloud 15! Find an overview of what has been improved in this series of blog posts:


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The list of upcoming/available ActivityPub compatible webservices is getting longer and longer*… and it’s great that Nextcloud is now part of the Fediverse! I hope my early and constant advocating played a small role in this :wink:

*See:


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where tens of millions of users already ‘tooth’ with one another

where tens of millions of users already ‘toot’ with one another :smiley:


#4

Hi. I activated the social app but I don’t know how to “follow” other people. Also, is it possible to use a Mastodon client?

Thanks.


#5

Not at the moment…


#6

Same here. Judging from the screenshots above it seems like you can “search” for users, but that seems to only work with accounts in the Nextcloud cloud-federation and accounts on your own server. So how can I add an account from another ActivityPub enabled service (Such as Mastodon or Hubzilla)?
Edit: Ok if you put in the full account it seems to work. But it is not exactly self explanatory to have that in the search box. Maybe having a separate input field that says “paste activitypub address here to follow” would be possible?


#7

Indeed I had to come all the way here and see also your “edit” just to finally learn this. Nothing was obvious or discoverable otherwise. Yes, it does seem to work, if you put in the full address, and this makes the search bar too small for proper entry, too. I think add should be an explicit and seperate button in the social ui, with appropriate info around it when you use it.