"GNU social" sucks.
Not the project! I'm actually quite enthusiastic about the project. I
think it's great; I use the software every day. I want the fediverse to
grow, and thrive, and obviate the big, closed, commercial services.
But the name sucks.
Sticking "GNU" in front of the name of piece of software buys you some
interest with a small group of computer users who happen to share a
particular set of values, but the wider world couldn't be made to care
less. So, take the GNU away and you're left with what? "Social." Ugh.
"Social media" is a noxious catch-phrase. Naming projects/products
after noxious catch-phrases makes you look *really lame*. Imagine a
TCP/IP stack released under the name Superhighway. Yeah. It would only
be worse if you named it Superhighway '95. Worse still, it's an ~old~
catch-phrase (Twitter exploded in, what, 2007?). The term might stick
around indefinitely, but right now it's been overused, overhyped, and is
rapidly becoming quite passé. That's not good for attracting new users,
new interest, and growing the network.
Furthermore, GNU projects have a long history of humorous, whimsical,
and punny names. 'GNU social' is boring as shit.
I'm gonna make a bold proposition, here: the name should be changed to
Now, Herds isn't the most inventive name in the universe, I know. But
it's got some strengths that "social" does not:
* It's homophonous with "heard". As in, stand up and be herd! Or,