>If we, the free software community, could come up with a messaging
>platform which was less noisy, less subject to manipulation, not centrally
>controlled, and more efficient in getting news to all interested >listeners, we would have something worth tweeting about.
IMO we already have that in Usenet. I know its full of spam and trolls, but the tools for filtering that are already available. And by having local grids of nntp-servers with a hierarchy of local groups one can have a multitude of information about "whats going on" in his area.