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How Learning About a New Protocol Lead Me to Meeting Some Cool People

June 01, 2020 — Sebastian Alejandro

A story about how a bored 17 year old found himself learning and doing some crazy and wacky things.


It was Monday, May 18th, when I leaned about the Gemini protocol. I forget how exactly I stumbled upon it, but it was a Monday... So I must have been bored out of my mind.

Finding Gemini was pretty cool for me, since it was unlike anything I had seen before. I was hooked! The spec was super easy for me to understand, and I wanted more. First thing I did was research clients, and get onto the Geminisphere. I found all sorts of cool sites, like gus.guru, and kwicien.us. After that, I found myself signing up to the mailing list. I got all sorts of emails about people's projects and the sites they were creating! I couldn't believe it, and it inspired me to make something of my own: my own space. A quick read through the spec, finding a server to use, and drafting my first site took around 1 hour. My first little page was created. It was a shocker at how easy it was!

While I was also doing all of this, I stumbled upon the world of pubnixes. These are public *nix servers that you can sign up for. I forget which I stumbled upton first either: tildeverse.org or tilde.club. It doesn't matter, because once I signed up, I found myself with a bunch of like-minded, welcoming, *nix-loving users. The Tildeverse IRC, is where I've been spending a lot of my time, and i've had some pretty cool conversations. It was also in this server where I found #gemini, which allowed me to connect with others also interested in Gemini!

All of these things combined togther allowed me to spend a good two weeks finding some pretty cool things to do.

Another thing, I won't be leaving any time soon.

Tags: gemini, tildeverse