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THIS PAGE IS NOT MORE OPERATIVE
Given the decision of Google+ to close this platform, we moved to Facebook, the only platform that has the organization and the user base necessary to allow us to continue our mission: support photography.
I hope to see you on Facebook
Marina Versaci
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A LONG READ BUT NO BLAHBLAH ;)
TO ALL WBTPA MEMBERS, G+ FRIENDS AND OTHER GOOD PEOPLE.
WHY I LOST MY HEART TO DIASPORA

Once I loved G+ just as much as I do love Diaspora* right now.

Until, and that is a long time ago, algorithms started to take over everything. How many people follow you, how many get to see your post in their stream, how many plusones, every aspect became manipulated for finally failed commercial purposes. So I just felt a stupid cow used by Google and if there is anything that I hate, it's being used.

So moving to FB, I tried that once sometime ago, would bring me in exactly the same circus. I have a certain admiration for people who can stand that but I can't. I never knew where to click, there was sooooo much buttons and adds I felt totally lost. My brains can not handle it. So I am happy that Marina Versaci has (re)established WBTPA on FB and I want you to be with her and her team. I do 100% endorse her work and would certainly not advice to leave facebook for Diaspora.

But, I need something different.

So I tried to figure out something. I payed a couple of hundred box for JCOW software, but again I was screwed, just screwed.

Then I payed a couple of hundred box for the software that runs wbtpa.net currently, but there are to many bugs and the functionallity is moderate It is still fine for our wbtpa to communicate but unsuitable to grow to something more.

I tried MeWe, and I liked it a lot, but I was there just alone and couldn't get the needed enthusiasm from people to join and participate.

Recently I found out about Diaspora* and bam, I was lost

- It is a decentralized federation of hundreds so called pods (computers/servers)
- It looks great
- It is very functional, no bugs encountered sofar
- It is well thought out
- It is very intuitive, even I know where to click
- the possibilities for formatting of content are huge
- It has no distracting functions and options
- No human or algorithmic manipulation
- High level of control over your stream
- So far mostly kind people
- No one can take it from us if we don't want
- No adds (at least not that I saw them, and if I do I block the poster)
- I found already several of interesting community members on various pods whom I share with and am happy to have in my stream

- You can choose your own pod to join and can interact with people on the other pods.

There are differences between pods regarding responsiveness of the server, uptime, the looks, the level of help, the price and the culture.
In the long run I think that diasp.org has the best figures to be around for a loooong time but currently very popular among googleplussers is pluspora.com.
If you join I hope you will search for rinus_bakker@plusfriends.net and wbtpa@plusfriends.net and add us to your aspects (circles)

I started my own pod, plusfriends.net so that nobody can kick me out. And of course all WBTPA members and friends I know from Googleplus and other good people are welcome to join.

I created an administrator account (called podmin). If you join plusfriends.net you start automatically following podmin@plusfriends.net and you will find posts in your stream that help you to find your way on Diaspora* You can ask the podmin for help at anytime.

I created a wbtpa@plusfriends account to promote the works of members of our club.

And of course, I myself, just as me (photographer) rinus_bakker@plusfriends.net, am there.

So if you don't like FB or want a second option, just in case, than I recommend Diaspora* regardless which pod you choose.

On top of the usual TOS talk I established my own rules to make sure that we will have fun together. If you choose https://plusfriends.net and join, you find them in a podmin post in your stream, I'm sure you will like them.

This is a great opportunity to establish a new photographers community within Diaspora*.

I hope this is useful info.
Rinus Bakker
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Every day is a new adventure 1 :DD

"Hey, where did we go
Days when the rains came ?
Down in the hollow
Playing a new game
Laughing and a-running, hey, hey
Skipping and a-jumping
In the misty morning fog with
Our, our hearts a-thumping
And you, my brown-eyed girl
You, my brown-eyed girl

Whatever happened
To Tuesday and so slow
Going down to the old mine with a
Transistor radio
Standing in the sunlight laughing
Hide behind a rainbow's wall
Slipping and a-sliding
All along the waterfall
With you, my brown-eyed girl
You, my brown-eyed girl

Do you remember when we used to sing
Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah
Just like that
Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah
La dee dah

So hard to find my way
Now that I'm all on my own
I saw you just the other day
My, how you have grown!
Cast my memory back there, Lord
Sometime I'm overcome thinking about
Making love in the green grass
Behind the stadium
With you, my brown-eyed girl
You, my brown-eyed girl

Do you remember when we used to sing
Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah
Laying in the green grass
Sha la la la la la la la la la la dee dah
Dee dah dee dah dee dah dee dah dee dah dee
Sha la la la la la la la la la la la la
Dee dah la dee dah la dee dah la
D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d"
(Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl)

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