I guess I just don't have the energy to think about G+ shutting down and what if anything it means for Mastodon right now 😩
@Gargron Mastodon will be inundated when all ten G+ users arrive
@ellavescent See that's kinda mean. On Twitter I always hear people say things like "Mastodon, is anyone still using it? It lasted like two weeks". It would be hypocritical of me to laugh at G+ here. I'm sure there was a large community using it somewhere, it just wasn't anyone I knew.
@Gargron Linus Torvalds was an active user of G+. Would be funny if he ends up here...
@Gargron A connected education group that I am part of has had a space there for years .. 3,000 plus members ... not always active ... so, it was used. And it was useful for our purpose. Don't worry. I won't direct them all here.
@Gargron @ellavescent It was big with the tech community, mostly. People really into Android, mainly. Communities of fans for certain apps. People who hated Twitter and Facebook but didn't know of any alternatives. Brazilians migrating from Orkut. It had its niches. And it *was* technically superior to several other networks, in certain ways. It just suffered from network effects and from mismanagement.
@Gargron The two people still using it will come here.
@Gargron Maybe the user will come here
@Gargron They will unplug it on next August, no hurries!
@Gargron Android fans, wallpaper sharers, etc. Those were the few sources of continuing g+ users. Maybe they can talk about open software using open software!
@Gargron 5 new users have joined mastodon.social today.
@Gargron There are some pretty active communities on G+, e.g. https://plus.google.com/communities/107422815813208456454 - with close to 30,000 members and lots of activity.
@Gargron I'd say it's a positive as Mastodon becomes a notch higher now
@Gargron So there is going to be a growing demand for the instances that have G+ features, such as Collections, Circles, etc.
@WellHoney @Gargron Yeah, this is the main takeaway for Mastodon. Having a way to categorize posts (Collections) and select your audience (Circles) is going to be a feature missing from most other networks. And then there are Communities.
It would be nice to see an ActivityPub implementation support those three things, especially within the next 10 months. Diaspora* can't be the only one doing audience-selection properly. Nothing else really does post-categorization properly, either.
1) "This sucks, I guess I have to go back to Twitter, which is terrible now but I don't really have options if I want to keep up with my community."
2) "This sucks, I guess I have to stop using social media entirely now because there's nothing left. There are literally no alternatives in this niche. I'm going to miss these features."
@Gargron there was a high period in which there was a great deal of high quality math content. However, that had already mainly dried up, with people migrating to twitter or just returning to blogging in the face of a dwindling audience and lack of support...
@Gargron I'm now looking around to places to switch to since I've been using G+ every day since I got into the invite-only beta long ago. I found about this from @BryanLunduke@mastodon.rocks !
@Gargron definitely a good time to promote Mastodon. I'm a G+ refugee who's setting up home here. Hopefully others will too.
@Gargron tbh, I like mastadon. It's a break from twitter. And seeing a lot of coders here makes it feel like home
@Gargron I think the main problem was people didn't like having to select who they share with. Cause on platforms like fb and twitter, it's all open.
@Gargron Possible mass migration, but right now all signs point toward a scattering of G+ users.
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