About Yarn.social

A brief history

Yarn.social was originally created around July 2020 when James Mills – the creator and original author of many of the software components – was looking for decentralised social media alternatives (probably for the umpteenth time!) and came across an interesting spec and associated software: all based around a very simple file format called Twtxt.

As a former Facebook Inc. engineer, James was acutely aware of the negative effects ’traditional’ social media has on not only individuals, but on communities as a whole as well. He quickly set out to try out a few clients (e.g., twet) and eventually started building one himself in the form of a web application. Suddenly, the first (of what is now many) Yarn.social pods was born, and twtxt.net launched on 20 July 2020.

Since then the project has progressed through several growth phases, including, but not limited to: re-branding, collaboration in the open source community, and many self-hosted, independent pods.

Why Yarn.social?

One of the primary reasons why Yarn.social was created in the first place was out of frustration with traditional social media and blogging platforms.

Traditional social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp, TikTok, Twitter and many others are all centred around a few key ideas:

Most folks are okay with this, but many don’t understand the impact this has on their lives, and the cost to consumers overall in our everyday lives.

If something is free, you are the product

There are a few side effects of platforms such as the ones mentioned above, and, as you’re probably using one right now, here are the big ones:

This is why decentralised social media is so important; even more so today than ever before, we would argue! If you have something to say, an opinion to share, an article you want to publish, photos or videos to share, why should your data privacy and security be up for sale?

With Yarn.social, it isn’t! We believe in an open, honest, transparent social media experience. Yarn.social is made up of a very simple specification and set of protocols that are themselves based on standard web technologies that anyone can explore, implement and participate in.

Our rules

The Yarn.social platform – its software components, specifications and ecosystem – has a few simple rules:

Our vision

Yarn.social’s vision is simple:

To provide an open, privacy-focused and transparent social media experience for all.

Our philosophy

At Yarn.social, we like to keep things simple, therefore our philosophy is just that, and something we adhere to when building the platform, making improvements, discussing new features and ideas, and collaborating with others:

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