• Fyre Exyt

last modified November 19, 2019 by strypey

Pages on how to transition off high-profile datafarms, and suggestions on what to use instead:


Pages on other services with terminal flaws, and what to use instead:















Source notes for this guide and progress notes on its development, which used to be on this page, can be found at Public Webspace .

This project is designed to help people find alternatives to datafarm corporations (or walled gardens), and to delete their accounts and move off their websites and other internet services, in protest at their ongoing disrespect of user rights, and their refusal to interoperate with other similar sites by implementing open standards. Datafarms use people's friends to suck them in, and then invade their privacy (FarceBook) or decide to charge for their service out of the blue (want Ning? give Bling).

The idea for Fyre Exyt came out of Quit FaceBook Day. After deleting the Danyl Strype profile (trying to), I figured it would still be good to have a subversive presence within FarceBook, so I set up a new profile under the name Fyre Exyt, which I'd use to encourage other users to leave too, and to agitate against datafarms in general.

In the end, I couldn't be bothered using the Fyre Exyt FB account, for the same reason I decided to quit FB in the first place; the site is a black hole that sucks in people's time. Instead Fyre Exyt is becoming a project to study the UX (User eXperience) of commonly used datafarms, and advise people on replacement services that respect their software freedom, and where appropriate, inter-connect using open standards. For more details on the existing standards, see federation protocols.

Turns out Framasoft are way ahead of me when it comes to documenting replacements, with their De-Google-ify the Internet project. They could do with some English translation help though, so I (Strypey) might end up helping with that, and linking this page to the relevant pages there. Their focus is on the 5 companies Bruce Sterling calls "The Stacks" (Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon), so there might still be work to do on replacements for second tier Stacks like Yahoo and Twitter, and third tier stacks like Slack, MailChimp, and NationBuilder. Switching.social has a curated list of replacements across a range of corporate datafarms. Fediverse.party is a curated list of federated social media and social network apps, which I've been helping out with research for. Privacytools.io is a curated list of free code apps and services that respect and help protect user privacy.