[jdev] The `XMPP as a social network` idea

Rashid Khan rashood.khan at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 10:43:09 UTC 2015


I have been looking to work on building a social network and a social
network around XMPP seems nice.

I have experience with Django, so in case you decide to take the idea
forward, I will really want to work on it.


On Sunday, February 8, 2015, <h8h at dev-nu11.de> wrote:

> Hi there
> What happened with the `XMPP as a social network` idea? I would love to
> see a social network build on XMPP soon. There are a few projects yet:
>  * Jappix: Runs very well, but its a bit ugly / complicated for new users
> and the theme is outdated (in my opinion) [1].
>  * Movim: Not so kick-ass as they described. Crashs very often (on my own
> box) and there is no `easy` option to let (new) user register on my own
> xmpp server [2].
>  * Onesocialweb is dead [3].
>  * Social Stream: The last commit was at Jun 5, 2014. And its written in
> ruby [4].
>  * Buddycloud is nice, but its written in Java and Java has many security
> risks [5].
> So is `XMPP as a social network` a misuse of the xmpp `standard` / basic
> idea?
> Because I'm going to write an open-source social network based on XMPP
> (mostly pubsub). Maybe in a nicer language (i.e. javascript /php (file
> upload and so on) / python (django)  ). It should have an activity flow,
> like Social Stream [4], a Chat (w OTR support), like converse.js [6] and
> thats all for now. It should be very basic and secure and more suitable for
> people with less xmpp experience. That means, simple login / user creation,
> simple posting (w maybe like / dislike) and post reading (activity flow),
> chat w/o otr.
> I don't know why the other projects are dead or `not working well` so I
> hope you folks can give me tricks, hints & pitfalls if I should / shouldn't
> launch the new project I mentioned above.
> Thanks so far for your thoughts.
> Cheers
> Christian Homeyer
> [1] https://github.com/jappix/jappix
> [2] https://launchpad.net/movim
> [3] http://onesocialweb.org/ / https://twitter.com/OneSocialWeb
> [4] https://github.com/ging/social_stream/
> [5] https://github.com/buddycloud
> [6] https://github.com/jcbrand/converse.js
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