Aardwolf is the engine behind a new Facebook-like social platform which is being actively developed.
Aardwolf shares a philosophy and underlying protocols with Mastodon, a federated microblogging platform with over a 1000 independently-run servers, hosting more than a million active users.
What's Different About Aardwolf?
Aardwolf is a social platform, meaning that each server hosts it's own community of users who are posting, sharing pictures, links, etc. They are replying and "liking" each other's posts, and re-sharing the ones they like best.
Even better, Aardwolf is a connected (the technical term is "federated") platform: users are not limited to only interacting with other users on their service: they can follow users on other sites that are powered by Aardwolf just as if they were on their own site. They can even connect with users on other platforms, if -- like the microblogging service Mastodon -- they implement the same free protocols Aardwolf is built on.
Finally, Aardwolf is free software (GitHub Link), which means that all code is publicly available, and developers who want to contribute or understand how it works can dig in and do so.
The scaffolding is still being built, but the pieces are coming together much quicker than originally anticipated! A sample of the web interface should be online soon.
If you would like to follow along Aardwolf development happens on Github. Feel free to fork the repo and contribute.
Get in Touch
We primarilly hang out on Matrix chat which is available via web or your favorite client.
Web URL: https://riot.im/app/#/room/#aardwolf-discussion:matrix.org.
Matrix Room: #aardwolf-discussion:matrix.org
Helping the cause
Please do not be afraid to ask questions. Many planned features came from Fediverse feedback.
Even if you do not know Rust, there may be other ways to participate! :D
And Banjo could really use a lot of help