This is something that appeared to me while trying to explain what diaspora* is to people not related to computer science at all : they just don’t understand the concept of ‘pod’ while they can pretty well handle the concept of ‘server’.
Though I agree that in people’s mind, a server is a big machine placed in a warehouse, and it doesn’t fit well with the aspect of ‘social network you can install at home’ aspect of diaspora*, they often manage better the concept of 1 server = 1 site.
This makes more easy to explain that you subscribe on a site, like any other social network and this is not an application to install on your computer.
‘Pod’ is not a word they often meet or actually even know. Thus, I often have to explain that, in fact, diaspora* is a software that you install on a server, etc… I always eventually fall on the concept of server.
So, I think it would be easier for newbees if we explained using ‘server’ instead of ‘pod’. What is your opinion ?
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