When I first started using the internet, there was a strong feeling of belonging and ownership of what we were doing.
We had our own IRC servers, we were launching our blogs, and we hosted our forums. Then came the socials, which razed everything to the ground: they centralized everything we had, and there was no longer the need to browse and build the internet as it once was.
Everything is there, and nothing is yours anymore. Now it’s up to others to decide what you can see, what you can say, and how you can monetize your work.
Somehow the WEB1 was a better place than WEB2.
We thought it necessary to publicly write down why platforms like our project are needed for the next wave of the internet, and we have published our manifest here: Manifesto | UCollect