Well, Ser.endipito.us is down again, so this time I went ahead and took the plunge. I now have a presence on Calispora, so I'm at least covered as far as access to the Diaspora network is concerned, and another account open to address any 'contingiency'.
I must have posted at nearly the same time, Gary, and didn't notice your post...
Kellemora wrote:I started on mipodus and moved over to calispora, I just like calispora a whole lot better.
I like ser.endipito.us, but I'm sure I'll fit right in with calispora, as well. Ser.endipito.us has become unreliable recently, and I'm worried it might disappear. Calispora seems to be popular and stable, so in the event Serendipitous bites the dust, the transition will be painless.
Kellemora wrote:I only chimed in to say, you should have more than one active pod you can log into. This also keeps your data available to you, regardless of which pod it originated on. Even your private data follow you, if you are on another pod, before the previous one disappears.
I've known that more than one account is an option for quite a while. It's just that I avoided it due to seeing multiple postings, which I attributed to multiple accounts with multiple pods. Unfortunately, the recent unreliability of my original pod is forcing me to establish alternative residence elsewhere, in case it disappears permanently.
When you say your private data follows you, are you saying that it does so automatically? I was under the impression that you had to download and transfer it manually.
Kellemora wrote:One has to remember, as you said, anyone can start a pod. By the same token, anyone can tire of running one and just quit.
Exactly, and that's the 'contingency' of which I speak. I'd hate to see Serendipitous suddenly disappear, along with all my settings, contacts, and everything else. I have a "legacy" contact that I certainly want to preserve...one with Ilya Zhitomirskiy, one of the founders of Diaspora...since he's no longer with us to maintain it. He started following me out of nowhere, not long before his demise.
Kellemora wrote:One heck of a lot of private pods have come into being since I first joined. They don't appear on any listings anywhere. So, unless invited, you don't even know they exist. How that works I have no idea, as I can be on an open pod and connect to a private pod through it, if I'm a member and know about it. But nothing I say appears anywhere else on Diaspora while I'm connected.
Too complicated for me to even guess at how it works or what is actually going on!
What I surmise is that it all depends on how the administrators of those pods set their software up. The Diaspora software can be set to share everything (public) with the entire network, or to keep their information private to the pod and its members, public posts and all.
I don't know the mechanism of what you describe, though. It sounds like there is a connection between all pods through the network, but transfer of information between them is restricted except for allowing a member to connect to a private pod through the network.
Odd, but effective for keeping private information private, I suppose. Sounds like a convenience for members of those private pods, since they don't have to log directly into that pod to access it. I don't see the necessity for it, myself...I'm capable of logging directly into whatever pod I want to. I guess it's just a functionality of the Diaspora software itself, as a networking system.