Frequently Asked Questions

General

Q: Is Yarn.social a “social media” alternative?

A: Yes and no.

Yarn.social is really an ecosystem, a collection of specifications, clients and tools that users can use to interact with one another “socially”, in an open and transparent manner.

Q: Does Yarn.social use Twtxt?

A: Yes. And it also extends the Twtxt specification with Extensions.

Q: Are any of these extensions required or mandatory?

A: Absolutely not!

You are free to use Twtxt however you wish. You are also free to use all, some or none of the Extensions. The choice is yours! However, most (if not all) of the extensions were a formalization of what was already being actively used by the Twtxt community. See below for more details.

Q: Which are the most important Extensions?

A: Of course any ranking is debatable, but since all extensions have the goal of improving interaction, and some of them were born out of what a lot of feeds settled on already, these extensions might help you: 1. Twt Hash Extension in combination with Twt Subject Extension for forming conversation trees; 2. Multiline Extension for writing longer twts with paragraphs; 3. User-Agent Extension for discovering feeds with multi-user clients; 4. Metadata Extension for additional feed metadata (e.g., description); and 5. Archive Feeds Extension for archiving and rotating long feeds.


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