I haven't done a status update in a while and there's a lot happening, so allow me to spew...
Hubzilla 4 is done - sort of. We're still finding a few little quirks in the way Zot6 interacts with everything so watch for updates but mostly it works.
Osada has been put on the back burner and the flame turned off. It is not forgotten, but as was the case with Facebook I finally decided that it doesn't matter where "all the people are". If you have to give up your privacy to be amongst your friends, you need a better platform.
I'm working on Zap now. The question you will be asked is "why would anybody bother?". There are only about a dozen people using the platform. It doesn't federate with anything. The people have voted and they've obviously chosen Mastodon or Pleroma or Diaspora or anything else.
Let's back up. Hubzilla and Zap are the only social media platforms with private media and can pass the "power off" test.
The power off test is simple. You're composing a post. A power failure hits your server in Germany. Can you finish your post and send it to all your friends? With Zap (and nomadic identity) you can. With Hubzilla you can, though you can't necessarily send it to all your friends if you turned on any federation protocols. And face it, most people install Hubzilla so they can turn on federation protocols.
Next is the "private sex tape" test.
Let's say you're a presidential candidate and you film yourself having sex with somebody and share it with them privately. How easy it is for random hackers to get hold of this video and send to your political enemies? Hubzilla, Zap, and Friendica (I think) can pass this test and ensure that only your sex partner and your wife (for example) can see the video, or maybe you don't want your wife to see it. We're also assuming the server is controlled by your personal lawyer and that you'll fire them if they leak it. Last time I looked Friendica would only let you upload about 11 seconds of video. Don't know about you, but I generally take these things just a bit slower.
Next is the "dickpic" test.
Let's say you're an attractive girl and you really want to use your own picture for a profile photo instead of a picture of your pet giraffe. And you want to actually face the camera instead of hiding or turning toward the wall. You're going to get dickpics. Thousands of them. Does your social platform enable people (e.g. dickheads) to send these to you, or does it let you control your inbox? Again, if you don't want the dickpics there are realistically only two options, Hubzilla and Zap. And in Hubzilla it all depends on how your channel and permissions are configured.
In any other network, if you post anything publicly, anybody can reply with a dickpic as a comment. In Hubzilla you can allow comments from people you don't know, but the default is to only let friends comment. BUT, if you're involved in any public forums, you can get the dickpics as a reply to something you post in the forum. The forum owner can delete that forum member and the comments but there's still a window of opportunity for the dickhead to get through. On some federated networks there's an added twist: the dickpic is posted to the dickhead's site and can be seen by anybody on that site that follows your channel, even if you block comments or block the dickhead(!).
Anyway my primary focus for Zap in the next few months (besides nomadic content and G+ "collections) is to improve the way groups work.
In bleeding edge code, you can create 'moderated groups'. just like you can with any other public discourse platform (except of course on the Fediverse). I'll be improving these so that all of the moderators will get the email notifications and be able to approve or block the content remotely (we've also got the only decentralised platforms with the ability to easily let others moderate your groups I mean without giving them your personal login password).
The end result is that if you only subscribe to restricted, private or moderated groups (again no other platforms support these things), our platform passes the dickpic test. There's no way that dickhead can get them into your personal stream or inbox uness you allow it.