Mon 14 Jan 2013 10:15AM

Reanimate cubbi.es

D diasp_eu Public Seen by 111

Cubbi.es is broken for a long time. @seantilleycommunitymanager where is the source code? We would like to fix it :-)


Flaburgan Mon 14 Jan 2013 10:27AM

I think that the important part to fix is the API, after that, we will be able to develop all the applications we want..


Thiago Martins Mon 14 Jan 2013 10:39AM

Totally agree with Flaburgan...

I'm planning to use Diaspora* API for a new APP, the "Diaspora Bitcoin Wallet"... ;-)

Don't know if it is better to devel this APP using its API or, add the required support within Diaspora* itself...



Flaburgan Mon 14 Jan 2013 10:45AM

It is better to fix / re build the API, and after, to use it :)


goob Mon 14 Jan 2013 3:46PM

My understanding is, as Flaburgan suggests, that the API needs to be fixed/finalised before it's worth developing apps, as if it is radically changed again, the apps might just break again... more frustration for users. Better to sort out the fundamentals, and once that's one, everyone can go crazy developing wonderful apps for Diaspora.

diasp_eu, would you be willing to help sort out some of the problems with the API and architecture, to bring forward the date when it's ready for apps to be developed?


Jonne Haß Mon 14 Jan 2013 4:54PM

Everybody, please do not have the impression that there's any API to improve or rebuild currently, it got completely ripped off and shouldn't be resurrected.


diasp_eu Mon 14 Jan 2013 7:54PM

Let's do small steps and fix the bug to reanimate cubbi.es


goob Mon 14 Jan 2013 7:59PM

Oh OK, sorry Jonne, I'm not great on technical terminology, I was led by what Flaburgan said. The best I could say would be 'the fundamental stuff wot makes the other stuff like Cubbies work'.


Jonne Haß Mon 14 Jan 2013 8:08PM

@diaspeu there's no bug. What cubbi.es used simply doesn't exist anymore.


Jason Robinson Mon 14 Jan 2013 9:46PM

And it's closed source too. I say just remove everything related to it - unless the guys who hold the code open source it :)


Brent Bartlett Tue 15 Jan 2013 8:34PM

R.I.P. cubbi.es q_q


diasp_eu Wed 16 Jan 2013 11:48AM

Good to know :)


Tom Scott Tue 22 Jan 2013 1:12PM

Can we kill cubbi.es? I always thought it was a shitty idea, and it just serves to confuse people now.


Flaburgan Tue 22 Jan 2013 9:46PM

Tom: Yeah, I think we can. Let's remove everything talking about it.


Brent Bartlett Fri 25 Jan 2013 11:22PM

I think that it would be great to have something similar to cubbi.es, that allows users to easily link to content. The big question with Diaspora is, why do users want to visit? One big reason they want to visit is to see things that other users have posted. Anything that facilitates that should be encouraged.

What was so great about cubbi.es was: I read a funny comic, or see a picture, and...Shift-click, bam! I've posted it. It made it very, very easy for people to post stuff. It was fun, it was addictive, and it gave people a reason to use Diaspora.

I know that there's much more important stuff for the devs to worry about, but I would like to see some easy-post widget like that again.


[deactivated account] Tue 29 Jan 2013 12:23PM

If cubbi.es is not opensource and can't be fixed I'd be totally for removing everything related.


goob Tue 29 Jan 2013 7:09PM

Brent, does the bookmarklet not do a similar job to what you're talking about? My understanding is you see something on line, click the bookmarklet icon and it gets posted to Diaspora.

I thought Cubbies was more about uploading your own photos to albums - that was how I used it (not that I used it much).


Sean Tilley Tue 29 Jan 2013 8:47PM

I could try asking Maxwell to release the source code under a Free Software license.

Diaspora currently doesn't have oAuth, so the community devs will probably need to start a new discussion centered around that. There have been suggestions to use openid, or we could implement oAuth. Or, if the Diaspora-Tent prototype ends up being a suitable candidate, we could probably make Cubbi.es a Tent app.

It could make for a good example API application, especially if the code was well-documented.
With some experimentation, we could probably make it work with authentication for several different social projects at once, like Friendica, Libertree, and Tent.

I could see that being a good outreach initiative for connecting to other projects, and eventually bringing a better convergence of federation standards and implementations to the table.


goob Wed 30 Jan 2013 5:39PM

Sounds like a great idea (or several great ideas), Sean.


Rasmus Fuhse Fri 1 Feb 2013 12:52PM

There are a lot of programmers out there who want to create something around Diaspora*, but can't/don't want to code in ruby. As long as they don't continiously lie to me, they are really in the need of an open API for Diaspora*. Once an even simple API is there, a lot of smartphone-apps and desktop-programs or even small blogging-widgets might evolve and vitalize the diaspora-community.


Brent Bartlett Sun 10 Feb 2013 8:30PM

Goob, cubbi.es wasn't meant to be a photo album. From what I remember, it was Dan Grippi's idea. He was surfing around the web, finding funny pictures, and saving them to his computer. What cubbi.es does is bookmark those pictures, and make them available from your cubbi.es account. That means you can access them from your smartphone, tablet, or whatever, in one easy place. All you had to do was install a Firefox add-on, and then you could simply shift-click any picture on the web, and it would be added to your cubbi.es account. (The way they were stored was as one long page of embedded images, like a Tumblr page.)

Now, the main thing that I liked about cubbi.es, was that if you had your cubbi.es account linked to your Diaspora account, the picture would get posted to your D* stream as well. This made it super-easy for people to post stuff. More stuff posted means more content, which means more people wanting to use Diaspora.

No offense to whoever made the bookmarklet, but it doesn't even do the same job. Maybe you have a different bookmarklet, but the one I have merely posts a link to a webpage to your stream, which is not the same as posting an embedded image.

Another thing that's great about it is that it's really addictive, and it's something none of the other social networks have.


goob Mon 11 Feb 2013 10:08PM

Ah, right, thanks Brent. You're right that Cubbies was Dan's idea, and may well be right about the rest - which would explain why I never managed to get to grips with it, although I installed it when it was first released!


RAM518 Wed 13 Feb 2013 1:32AM

I have a user asking about this. Is there any movement on it? From what Brent said, it seems interesting. Is there an active dev, might it come back or is it dead?


Flaburgan Wed 13 Feb 2013 8:58AM

For the moment, it's dead, but with the new python API, maybe someone will take a look at it again..


Stephen Marsh Tue 9 Apr 2013 3:03PM

@brentbartlett , "What cubbi.es does is bookmark those pictures, and make them available from your cubbi.es account." I believe it also saved a copy of those images (so that if the 'bookmarked image' was deleted, the cubbi.es version still existed.


Brent Bartlett Tue 9 Apr 2013 7:45PM

@Stephen Marsh , I don't think so. I don't remember any dead images showing up, but the site is hosted on Heroku, and I think that hosting all of those images would take up loads of bandwidth.


StarBlessed Thu 29 Aug 2013 11:07PM

While I know this is an older discussion, what about working closer with the guys over at MediaGoblin? They've already put in the hard yards developing a system that supports audio; video and text. OEmbed and a "Share on D*" button shouldnt be too difficult ;)

Sorry for the necro post.


Torsti Thu 29 Aug 2013 11:19PM

@starblessed take a look at this discussion.


StarBlessed Thu 29 Aug 2013 11:25PM

Thanks @torstischulz - Didnt see that one ;)