Tilde.Town : The Hidden e-Village

 

Tilde.Town

 

Tilde.Town is a social platform ripe with neat little things to discover. It is not accessible via the website, you will need to connect to a distant computer via SSH protocol- and from there, it’s keyboard territory. You will have access to games, forums, a variety of enthralling blogs and even a messaging system that links the members.

This type of platform is rather buried. The first of its kind that I’ve been able to discover is SDF.org, which is a lot more austere and harder to use (older too) so I pefer to present you with one that is more accessible.

The price to pay is a little computer knowledge. A lot of information will be requested when you register, the most important being an SSH key. An SSH key allows you to connect to a computer that has explicitly indicated in its configuration that it accepts your key.  Tilde.town relies on this system to secure exchanges and access.

The site has everything you need and offers to generate one for you as well as supplement you with a documentation. So, if you did everything right and launched the special command to connect to this famous “secret PC”, you should come across something like this:

 

Tilde.Town

 

Nice as they are, you’re provided with a few useful commands. They even offer to give you a space where you can set up a small website.

You might not see the interest, and that’s understandable, but the principle itself is crazy, a complete social platform, accessible on a computer somewhere in the world, for a handful of people willing to tame a doddery interface by the way of command lines.