elevator pitch: squatnet - a decentralized federated social network where the data backend is built from other services' user-generated content backends, co-opted for completely different uses.


@djsundog "this minecraft server has a browser-based minimap that exposes the entire world's block data through a publicly accessible API. i make posts by modifying the layout of blocks in these specific chunks..."

@typhlosion "my photo blog is really three Internet Archive accounts in a trenchcoat."

@djsundog i guess in a sense this idea has a long lineage, if you count "forumgoers and free-site-builder users using image hosting websites as a bootleg cdn"

@typhlosion indeed, and it's even been commercialized, since AWS really just started as "we'll let you pay us a little to get away with squatting on our excess capacity"

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