I wish more things would federate. I think we've been thinking too small keeping it to social media: a small ideas thread.
federated shopping: each seller has their own page that they run independently, i.e. their brand's account. local "timelines" are just that - things that are local to your area, encouraging people to participate in their local economy. federated "timelines" would be something similar to Amazon or Ebay where you can buy from anyone in the world (filtering could be done easily if the seller doesn't ship to your area)
federated music: artists have their own accounts and can post their albums for followers to listen to. in order to gain access to the media, one would have to pay the artist however much the artist requires. artists could be part of different groups that would allow one to subscribe to a bunch of artists at the same time. there could even be a dominant channel that would resemble Spotify if the artists and users found that to be useful.
the only issue here is with abusive clients. since federation allows for different clients (apps) to be used to access the information, an abusive app could download the movies /music/etc illegally for sharing or even profit. this can be mitigated by sellers/artists/producers only allowing certain apps, or perhaps blacklisting certain apps instead (in order to allow the user to have more choice). this issue could probably also be solved in other ways, this is just one idea.
I think these are good ideas because they give power to the original source: the sellers, producers, artists. but it also allows them to not have to build their own website, an especially good point for smaller accounts. there could also be some creative uses of accounts: maybe one profile on the federated shopping site could follow brands that produce ethical goods. one could follow brands that supports the yellow economic circle. etc etc. AND it allow you to more easily support local things
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