I fucking hate facebook. I'm really not the kind of person that was ever into it, but its clear that alot of anarchists have a utility for it. There are alot of benefits that can be found in a social network(organizing events and meetups, shitposting etc) so having one that respects the freedom and privacy of the user is pretty cool. This is where secure scuttlebutt comes in.
What is secure scuttlebutt?
Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB) is actually some complicated decentralized network. Anyone who is a techie can check out the details, but this is a guide for the non-nerds. It basically acts like facebook(you can like, post content and make little groups) but instead of being controlled by one shitty company, its spread amongst a bunch of different servers. It also has some neat features like being able to use it with people on the same wifi network as you and some offline usage. Since it is decentralized, its harder to kill than a normal social networking site that would be hosted on one server.
How do I use it?
Its really easy to start! You can access SSB through a program called patchwork, you can install here: https://ahdinosaur.github.io/patchwork-downloader/ You won't be able to see anything(unless you have the luck of having a ssb user on your local wifi network) since you arent connected to any server. Thats an easy fix though! Just press the "join pub" button and paste in an invite code from any of the pub servers. There's a list here: https://github.com/ssbc/ssb-server/wiki/Pub-Servers Here's an invite code you could use right now to get started!
After that, you're in! You can do anything you want. I made a tag for the post-civ peeps on here called #desertgang that ill be putting some stuff in. Happy scuttling!
If you have any questions just post in the comments or dm me if you're shy.