I was a bit worried that the Kotaku article made Mastodon sound like an insular closed club, but judging by all the new sign ups there's probably no better way to make people want to sign up than to suggest that something is exclusive...
Do you have the numbers of how many people signed up since?
@Gargron Time to label my livestreams as an exclusive social event
@Gargron Sorry, but I really can't let you whitewash this fence. It has to be done just so, and only special people have the talent to do it.
@Gargron It's a reference to "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".
Tom convinces the other kids to paint the fence for him, by convincing them that it's a very exclusive privilege to do so.
@arensb Oh right, I remember that. I hadn't heard "whitewash" in its literal meaning for many years.
@Gargron I like the look of this far more than I do twitter, I just recently dropped facebook and twitter, but need to keep my social media stuff up because im a photographer so hopefully tooting will be the new thing <3
@Gargron Its a very exclusive club only people with at least one (1) fursona are allowed to join. If you don't yet have a fursona you better get one fast!
Jokes aside though I do think this site does have is a bit more exclusive but more if you're a jerk you're going to have to make your own instance because no one is going to want your nasty butt in their community.
@Gargron Three of the four instances they mention by name are still open for signup. Bold.
@tA huh! Not what I'd expect.
Also, nice Oblio icon.
@Gargron I signed up because of the Kotaku article. Said this was "not Twitter". I'm in
now I'm gonna "invent" a microblogging platform that's "only" open for subscriptions two days a year
call it Solstice even though it's on the equinoxes
account creation charge: five thousand dollars
@Gargron I am still trying to grasp my head around it. For example I want to follow people or hashtags that like No Man's Sky. How does a person do that?
@Gargron It's a good piece, and I'm glad they properly contextualized the network even if the "exclusive" talk was a bit much.
@Gargron do you have a favorite federation?
@Gargron I honestly thought it would be an inclusive thing, but I decided to sign up anyway.... despite not knowing what to do now lol
@Gargron I admit to signing up, because I saw you on Kotaku, but I never fully trust Kotaku.
@Gargron That happens a lot apparently, specially when you’re trying to push a product but you know, I think it’s working too! 😄
@Gargron I'd actually never heard of this system before the Kotaku article. But they did make it sound like a friendly place. Which is, sadly, a rarity in the social media landscape these days. That appealed to me.
@Gargron it’s how I found out about it haha
@Gargron I'm working on an exclusive one for my community. I hope I get noticed one day.
@Gargron I found this on Google+ it was in my feed. I'm not understanding the "federated" part. I went to look for other sites, and it looks like you have to go through the signup process all over again for each site? How is that "Federated"?
@Gargron I don’t think it’s just about exclusivity; I think part of it is a feeling that online communities just work better at smaller scales. See also this Verge article about the joy of “internet ghost towns”
@Gargron Little Big Horn strategy. It worked for me. I'm brand new.
@Gargron I think the bullying that occurred to Will Wheaton have many, including myself, wondering if there’s any difference here. Same social media pile ups and gamer gate nonsense.
@Gargron I didn't feel like it's very exclusive. I'd say all press is good press.
Although I'm hella confused. Why did a new window open after I wanted to reply to this tweet (what are tweets called on mastodon?)
@Gargron Here I am also from that same Article. From 2 days ago.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!