A lot has changed since the days when the people around Hacktic set up and defined the Dutch hacker scene. The Hang Out made way for a variety of hackerspaces; Hacktic itself is long dead (who needs dead trees to communicate nowadays anyway?) and the crew organizing OHM2013 is a completely different one from the oldies that had set up the Galactic Hacker Party and HIP. In short, we’re looking at a complete new generation of Dutch hackers.
So what’s the state of social network alternatives … right now the situation is outright depressing. Identi.ca has failed to become the new Twitter for years, despite a superior feature set and full Twitter integration. The next Facebook is not even a dot on the horizon – just one thing is certain, Diaspora’s NOT it.