Please, Please, Please
Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on your Mastodon account if you haven't already.
The "bad actors" who already "got their lulz" from Facebook and Twitter have realized that Mastodon has become large enough to be a worthwhile target.
Shields Up! Practice safe security.
I’m listening to (and learning from) discussions and debates about race and social media platforms this morning. This is not easy or simple terrain to navigate. No amount of good intentions is a substitute for receptivity and humility at this moment, so please just be willing to listen. I love the welcoming culture here so far, but I wouldn’t sacrifice sincerity and honesty for niceness.
My favorite part about this NYTimes article telling you not to lick toads is that it also tells you to smoke the toad's #psychedelic secretions instead. It also tells you why people love toad licking and also how to tickle them just right so they release their 5-MeO-DMT.
I want nothing to do with Jack Dorsey’s “Blue Sky” project, which to me looks like a knock-off of ActivityHub/Mastodon, but I’m curious what others think about it (esp. people who may know more than I do). Seems like that, not Twitter, is the closest @Mastodon “competitor”.
A must-read for understanding race and social media right now: “Black Twitter's Mass Exodus: The Community Will Find Another Way” by ELLE Magazine.
“We've given over our data, and our intellectual property for years and years.”
Whoa whoa whoa...
You mean to tell me that #Mastodon has *zero* algorithms deciding what I should read, and that the vast majority of instances banish Nazis into their own shadowrealm instead of tolerating them in the name of EnGaGeMenT?
Hah! Next you'll tell me there are no advertisers wielding influence over feature design so they get more marketing eyeballs!
5. Invisiblization of labor appears to be happening in terms of who gets credit now that Mastodon is hot. Please keep in mind that (a) this Fediverse/ActivityHub project is bigger than one person, (b) many brilliant people built this thing for us and we should find ways to acknowlege them all, and (c) many NEW people are likely to now contribute to the project and we really need to find ways to support their contributions and labor.
4. Content warnings! Yes, everyone is talking about it. There is a strong (legacy?) preference for using CW for topics that are political charged or likely to generate controversy. It reminds me of when I used to attend a liberal Mennonite church, actually. Progressive crowd, but didn’t want to ruffle feathers. This has pos and neg consequences, but it also contains (potentially white-biased) normalized assumptions about what counts as “political.” Regardless, just be aware that it’s a thing.
2. I think some longer-term Fediverse users may be feeling a mix of sudden excitement and also what I might call digital displacement or digital realignment (smaller group of long-term users face sudden wave of newcomers reconfiguring social space). Norms may be changing with scale of user base. Curious to hear from longer users about this.
1. Superficial attention seeking is deprioritized (by design) and also somewhat stigmatized by the community. People will not respond well if you try to import Twitter norms. You may not even realize you’re doing it, so be mindful. Be more authentic.
A system that doesn't address the needs for climate justice and securing human rights is a system that has failed everyone – we need to keep both in mind.
Human rights and climate movements are stronger when we stand in solidarity together. Then we can also successfully push those in power to live up to significantly increased adaptation finance and immediately, drastically reduced greenhouse gas emissions. There is no climate justice without social justice and human rights.
I LOVE the "delete and redraft" feature. I inadvertently posted a photo without alt text. I was able to go back and fix it. I want to be a good #fediverse citizen.
I see a lot of people talking about how Mastodon "Feels like the Internet I remember from 20 years ago."
That's no accident. That's Federation. That's UseNet, IRC, Email, Message Boards, etc. What do they all have in common?
Federation: Users congregating around watering holes of common interest, but still being a part of a larger whole.
THIS IS HOW THE INTERNET WAS DESIGNED TO BE. And I am HERE for it.
I was a regular contributor to and sometime moderator of the Year 2012 tribe back in the day, but then the Maya Apocalypse happened and here we are.
Welcome (back) to Tribe!