Exploring Mastodon

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Greetings, I hope this post finds you well. This is the post for Day 4 of the #30DayBlogChallenge that Soulcruzer, Darrenkeith, and I have accepted.

For those of you unaware, Mastodon is free and open-source software for running self-hosted social networking services. It has microblogging features similar to the Twitter service, which are offered by a large number of independently run nodes, known as instances, each with its own code of conductterms of service, privacy options, and moderation policies. When Twitter was just turning 11, in 2017, I joined the Mastodon.technology instance just to poke around and engage with like-minded individuals. I explored it very briefly but never stayed around long enough to engage as I had planned to. Twitter was still very much giving me what I needed from a social media site I joined 11 years earlier.

Fast forward to this timeframe, the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk, and all the, seemingly, chaotic activity that has ensued since. As such, there is a great deal of worldwide opinion that Twitter is going to go up in flames. As bleak as things seem to be, I’m not subscribing to what I call this “chicken little/doomsday” hype, but will take a wait-and-see attitude. For reasons I won’t delve into here, there are specific things I need to experience to make me leave the platform – until I do experience them, I’ll be around.

When I finally decided to re-join Mastodon a week ago, I found that the mastodon.technology instance, as of December 5, 2022, will be no more. If I recall correctly, it’s due to its age, low usage, and the server maintainer’s lack of time to fix issues with it that have occurred over the years. When I went to joinmastodon.org to look for the mastodon.social server for login, the page didn’t show it. What’s the deal with that? All my Twitter friends joined mastodon.social, but how? I never took the time to find out how and, instead, ended up joining (somehow) mastodon.online. In the end that was fine because mastodon is a decentralized network and that allows me, once setup properly, to follow anyone whose account is on another instance, so all is well.

In the last week, I set up my account, added links, said hello to a few familiar immigrants from Twitter and followed them, the opposite has occurred as well. Twitter will still be my main site until I decide to leave and until then, I won’t be engaging on both places – I don’t have the time BUT at least I’m properly set up.

I don’t know what will become of Twitter, but I’ll keep tweeting, while Mastodon keeps tooting.

Thanks for the read, oceans of rhythm…


About Fresh

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5 Responses to Exploring Mastodon

  1. darrenkeith3 says:

    Once again you break it down for simpletons like myself to look at the whole picture. I’m not leaving Twitter until it’s no longer around. Mastodon is cool but something about Twitter’s platform is a different feel. I’m waiting to see what will come on Jack Dorsey’s new venture/platform Bluesky (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluesky_(protocol). One thing for sure, with this happening it has made me grow closer to get back to blogging and I will begin using Twitter, Mastodon, Facebook, Vero as tools to promote my work more and share less there.

    When it comes to my detail work my blogs is where I will share and place the link to those other platforms.

    Another great post/insight Brother.

  2. Soulcruzer says:

    I agree. Twitter is my main squeeze. I’ll hang around as long as she’s there. I’m using https://moa.party/ to take care of cross-posting. I can post on Twitter and moa will automatically cross-post to Mastodon. Or I can post Mastodon and moa will automatically cross-post to Twitter. Like DK, my focus is now firmly on my blog. I use the integrated Jetpack WordPress plugin to automatically cross-post my blogposts to Twitter and Tumblr. WordPress now also has a plugin that allows you to turn any blogpost into a Twitter thread or you use it to write a Twitter thread which automatically be converted into a blogpost. So win-win. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Twitter doesn’t go down in flames. Happy blogging, brothers!

  3. Fresh says:

    LOL, thanks for there read, bro Just my thoughts on this ever unraveling saga about Twitter…smh.

  4. Fresh says:

    Nice resources, Clay, thanks – I’ll have to check them out Jetpack I’ve heard of but never investigate.

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