I'm pleased to note that even https://dolphin.town, my Mastodon server where the only letter you are allowed to post is "e", has seen increased activity in the last few days.
What's obvious to basically everyone in the industry but is probably surprising to everyone else is that twitter is a harder problem than getting a rocket to the moon. One of these problems only involves physics, the other involves humans.
I have a request.
Bad actors will soon figure out - if they haven't already - that setting up impersonations of important organizations now will allow them to set off an explosion of chaos and confusion at a time of their choosing.
So if you run an account for an organization (especially #LGBTQ), please set up link verification between your Mastodon account profile and your organization's website.
If not, please boost.
Instructions are here under "Link Verification":
I'm Deborah. I live in Oakland, CA with my family. Ex-NYC. I'm an artist, mama to toddler named Phoenix Oliver, I work in non-profit development for the Long Now Foundation, and my OS is Aikido.
I'm keenly interested in helping keep the art of aikido and letterpress alive and thriving for future generations. Deep music/book nerd. I believe that algorithms foster monoculture.
Community building is Everything.
It is always sad to see competition in any space lessen, but this is especially bad as the only real alternative is Signal. It is a great service and one that I recommend, but now it is really the only option for the majority of people.
Wickr’s free encrypted messaging app is shutting down next year https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/19/23468065/wickr-free-encrypted-messaging-app-shutting-down-amazon-web-services
Fired from the bird site? Or another company? Wikimedia is hiring! Come work on the last best place on the internet.
I can't help but notice many toots from helpful newbies encouraging you to support the Mastodon Patreon.
It's fine to do that but understand it goes to just two big instances and the official Mastodon dev team.
It does NOT trickle down to YOUR instance. If you want to support your server, donate to it directly. Nearly all the costs of the explosive growth of the past few weeks is borne by local instances.
Mastodon is decentralized. There is no Mastodon Inc. This is not Twitter.
I am a big ol' dork, and spent my day drafting what I think is a reasonably sensible Mastodon privacy notice. https://dataprotection.social/privacy-policy
It's more applicable if you are running a small instance in the EU with a limited subset of sub-processors, but it is tweakable. I would love feedback if you think I missed something. It's (roughly) modeled on the EDPS privacy notice, but less lawyerly.
A rich guy with a bruised ego shouldn’t have the power to disrupt your life online. Building an interoperable social media could cut them out of the equation. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/11/fediverse-could-be-awesome-if-we-dont-screw-it
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Yep, that's me! I'm here to help :)
Welcome (back) to Tribe!