I’m stoked about this time around. I haven’t been as excited in the past mostly because I was turned off by how much quieter it was than Twitter (read: it didn’t fuel the addiction well enough). This time around, it’s still quieter, but I’m more ready for the quiet. And it’s not too quiet. I’d say pretty much all my favorite people are there!
I think if Twitter were to literally shut down, Mastodon is a perfectly nice replacement. I love Discord. I love blogging. But I like the little-text-burst-with-simple-social-features too, quite a bit. Ughck look at me I’m even blogging like that right now.
I’m on the server front-end.social. I’m following their internal discussions about how to think about managing invites, approvals, and overall size. It’s all very thoughtful. I know for sure, it’s not trying to be the one true front-end instance and wants to encourage everyone to arrange their own. It doesn’t matter that much on Mastodon anyway. The spirit of it is to, ya know, federate. I literally have no advice on which instance you should join, but I’m sure people with more experience than me can help.
I’m a little jealous of the people who went one step further and self-host their own private instance. They get their own URLs! Nice! Although then you kinda miss out on the “local” timeline of a shared-interest instance, not to mention the personal technical debt.
I really love how the openness of it means there are all sorts of clients to try. I’ve been using Pinafore on my desktops. It’s nice and fast. I’ve been enjoying adding my own custom CSS to it via the Arc browser. There are also like 10 choices on iOS. I’ve only tried Mastodon and Toot! so far, and they are both OK but looking forward to trying more. It’s like bouncing around RSS readers! Fun!
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