Big shoutout to @Nigma for not only writing the script and narrating the "What is Mastodon?" video but also sifting through 279 reddit comments on /r/videos and correcting people's nuclear hot takes


I am not sure if it will make it into /r/all or not, a part of me wants to see that, another part of me (and I'm sure a lot of old users agree!) thinks that would be too much of a good thing in such a short time.

On the other hand, you can't really pace publicity. It's a wave, a constellation of circumstances. It either happens or it doesn't, and if decentralization is to win over the silos, we need as many people aware of it as possible. So 🤷‍♂️

@Gargron Is the account that posted the video bought or owned by someone that is involved with Mastodon? Account seems inactive

@zelderan Which account do you mean? On Youtube? On reddit? Youtube account is mine. Reddit submitter is @vincentsautter, a friend of mine (but not affiliated with Mastodon in any official capacity)

@Gargron @zelderan hello! I'm mostly a lurker on reddit (go into /r/aww daily with my partner) but I occasionally comment on things

@vincentsautter @Gargron Yeah I was just wondering- I mod some bigger subs so I instinctively search for spammers/promoters violating reddit's self promotion rules, no worries.

@Gargron Well, while I agree that it's nice to see decentralization and people becoming part of the fediverse, I don't think it's a good idea to start with reddit users…

Maybe I had a very bad set of them, but in the past month we had a few hundred on our IRC network and in my blog comments (okay, there not a few hundred). Sadly most of them in form of trolls and super annoying personalities.

I would welcome more mainstream people.

@sheogorath Yes, it's a problem with mainstream publicity in general but reddit in particular too. Still, when something goes up on reddit, it spreads to the press and other sites, not just reddit users (because people like to steal content from reddit lol)

@Gargron 🤔 Shouldn't it be possible to find some journalists who are interested in an interview? Especially now with all this #deletefacebook stuff going on?

@sheogorath When I wrote my blog post I reached out to 5 or 6 papers that covered Mastodon in the past. In my experience this only works the other way around, when a journalist reaches out to you (like happened with the WaPo one)

@Gargron Yes, usually it goes the other way around. (As long as you don't pay them) But let's see what happens. Pushed some people and places which may or may not feel inspired ^^

@Gargron Once a link starts sinking it doesn't really turn around, don't think it's hitting the front page (this time)

@Gargron I was commenting on that comment thread as well! A lot of them were typical Reddit hive mind, but there were quite a few interested people too.

@Gargron In the AskReddit thread "what was ruined because too many people started doing it?" the answer I upvoted was "Everything." My reply began "The Internet, by being as centralized as it is, have made things easier to ruin in this way. There are now two categories of any endeavor: undiscovered and struggling, or overexposed and successful." If we can't cure unlimited growth, then I hope we can at least break things down into manageable pieces.

@Gargron yeah, I feel like there were a waves and waves of people saying "twitter? what's the point! stupid name! too complicated!" &c &c, but the point really was "now I've heard of it" we're one step further along the path: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

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