This kind of success is as exciting as it is terrifying. Nobody prepares you for this. Every moment I am second guessing if I’m doing everything I can with the given situation.

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Happy to be back on after many years (November of 2016, apparently), mostly of inactivity. As I was looking for when it was that a bunch of us last went through the "can we duplicate the best of the birdsite; community, etc. somewhere less birdsite?" I noticed that this was my first interaction. Because of course it was.

I'm pleased to announce the v1.0.0 release of Hometown, my Mastodon fork! It's up to date with Mastodon v2.9.3, and unique features include:

- Local only posting
- Full support for rendering incoming `Article` posts from federated blogs like Write.As
- "Exclusive" lists that let you follow someone without clogging up your home timeline

For more info, including rationale for each new feature, check out our wiki:

And the release itself is here:

I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.

This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.

I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.

@actualham @PSUOpenCoLab just became one of the elite research of praxis institutions in the US: @mburtis
@actuham and @CathieLeBlanc in one place with their cohort model and foucs on real teaching, people,a nd research...awesome news....,

I'm a futurist specializing in education and technology.

I've been using all kinds of social software for decades, and really want to get Mastodon working this time.

"How traditional textbook publishers can do well by the OER community"

I like this bit:

"The Commons operates differently than the market — it’s driven by different values and principles. These principles include:
* Adding value
* Giving more than you take
* Being transparent about what you are using from the Commons, what you are adding, and what you are monetizing
* Giving attribution and gratitude
* Developing trust — don’t exploit
h/t @clintlalonde

New to Mastodon? Here are four intro guides to help you understand how everything works here. 

We've had quite the influx of new users on Mastodon recently. Welcome to you all! Here are some links that you might like to explore if you're new here, or if just want to know more about how Mastodon works.

1. Resources for Mastodon newbies:

2. An Increasingly Less-Brief Guide to Mastodon:

3. Mastodon User's Guide

4. How does Mastodon work?

#Mastodon #Mastotips #tootorial

Great interview with Eugen Rochko @Gargron - founder and lead developer of the Mastodon social network software we use at #OERu. I encourage #LiDA102 learners to listen and consider how these themes relate to digital citizenship:

I haven't deleted my Facebook account, but I did remove the app from my phone and haven't logged in on the website for a few days. I've already received an email from them encouraging me to log back in with "Did you see John's* comment on his status?" 🙄

A key point every educator using Google needs to remember is that, at the end of the day, Google is an advertising company.

How Google Took Over the Classroom

FWIW I met Dave Lane a tech guru from New Zealand who is ready to release soon an "easy" guide for installing Mastodon instances.

He said he has done a handful already

"What is interesting [about Mastodon] is that the sense of early 90s cyberoptimism has started to reappear. It is possible to do things again, to change things, to build things that will make a difference."

Great piece by @sargoth:

@katebowles @lauraritchie I guess back in the day we used RSS feed readers, rather than the algorithmically-curated stuff we're served up these days. It's definitely a problem that needs to be (re-)solved.

We're entering the era of the peer-to-peer gig economy: Uber, Air BnB, etc. New economic models mean some stand to make a lot of money, while those who do the actual work stand to lose a lot through labour exploitation (reports of Uber drivers making less than minimum wage, for example).

This is one of the reasons I have lately become more interested in the co-op movement, where workers own the platforms and share in the profits.

I read a lot of speculative fiction (a somewhat broader term than the more commonly-used science fiction) and over the past year or so my favourite author has been Welsh-Canadian Jo Walton.

Most recently I read her "Small Change" triology. The setting is the UK in early 1950s, but it's a UK where Churchill was overthrown during the blitz and the government made peace with Hitler.

Aside from being good literature, it's a superb, chilling look at the rise of fascism in a democracy.


I have been away for a couple of weeks, but hoping to be back and more active on Mastodon! Glad to see trending again. I am a biology professor who has been learning and experimenting with Open pedagogy, OER and working to bring all things Open to our Keene State College campus. My scientific interests include coral reef conservation, arachnology and animal behavior. I am also a long-time feminist and activist working on LGBT, gender, race, class issues.

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