A distributed micro-blogging platform challenges the corporate structures and data hoarding that characterize the social web as we know it.

New microblogging platform Thimbl is a statement against the hidden cost of Web 2.0: that we no longer have any ownership over our data. It plans to use a computer protocol from the 1970s, part and parcel of every Internet-capable computer server, within a potential social networking site that will highlight the alternatives to the centralised data storage that typifies social web platforms today.

Thimbl offers no way to “Sign Up.” It is up your own web host, Internet service-provider or system administrator to provide accounts.

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