I've been asking people around me what is holding them from using Mastodon (even after some of them joined), and I got 4 reasons:
1) Not many people here
2) Can't find people here even if they're here
3) It looks very complicated, especially the instances thing
4) Doesn't seem too different from Birdsite so why bother
For people to adopt this platform, these four points need to be addressed. And that too in ultra-simple non-nerdy language.
Some answers I've come up with:
1) Not many people
Yep. But the platform is gaining traction. Just look at the kind of conversations I have been having here. People are crazy responsive.
(Here I show them the same post I've done on Birdsite, Facesite and Mastodon.)
The quality of responses here are wayyyy better too. Not some "jali na teri" memes. People will come! You come first!
2) Can't find people here even if they're here
Sure you can. But then, think of it this way, go to #India #Introduction and just follow a new lot of people. You can follow the regular folks on Birdsite only, but here you get to follow a whole new crop of interesting folks.
(Here I tell them to go to "Follows" on my profile)
Hopefully this will help. I'm following a lot of Indians here. Cheggit.
@Memeghnad the primary seems to the main reason. If more. Celebrity authors, lawyers, actors, politicians come over the flock will follow. Until then it will be a gradual increase. I am already two timing. Spending more time here than on birdsite
Exactly! Also: birdsite but with open source code, so that every programmer in the world can verify that the site you're using is indeed not running any unethical code. Here on mastodon, you can be reasonably confident that you're not being psychologically analyzed with each click, toot or boost you do to sell adds or otherwise profit from your data :)
@Memeghnad can spend an evening making posts like these to share on birdsite.
design/font/colour can be changed but we can crowdsource arguments here for a Why Mastodon campaign. i'm invested in this platform now. that 'email' argument from the video sold me.
@lordoftheshibs Was thinking the same thing. The biggest change from twitter has been moving from confrontation to conversation. That one fact alone has helped people with their mental health and peace.
For Confrontation Use Twitter.
For conversation use Mastodon.
Tweet a thought, get abused.
Toot a thought, it blossoms.
Spread humanity, get hated - Twitter
Spread humanity, get loved. -Mastodon
@Vishsai love it! working on a few more on my end
Right wing abuses, they get promoted -Twitter
Right wing abuses, they get blocked -Mastodon
Reported for rape threats, it's fine says twitter
Report for rape threats, immediately gets blocked by Mastodon.
(Rape can be replaced by casteism, sexism, facism etc)
Reported for hatred by 100 people , no action by twitter.
Reported for hatred by 1 person, immediate action by Mastodon.
@lordoftheshibs this is real legit use of time for social good, haha
@Neeneen hehe to think i was a stranger to this platform not 10 hours ago
Leaving these ideas here for anyone to put into an appropiate meme format:
On federated social media, ...
... trolls fear you!
... your content is owned by you!
... the admin listens to you!
... the rules are picked by you!
... nobody makes money off you!
... you pick who you listen to!
... money cannot spam you!
... the system empowers you!
... you are you!
This is easily one of the most wholesome threads I've seen here.
Have been constantly evangelising on BirdSite. Have even managed to convince quite a few to migrate, but holding them back here's been tough AF. 😐
Your 4-point FAQs are going to be super helpful!
To put that in perspective, only very few instances make enough donations to pay for hosting costs let pay for someone to staff it.
Twitter pays people to work there full time and they still can't be as effective as people with cartoon avatars working other jobs. 😂
@Memeghnad These are so helpful. A couple of suggestions - Tweet this thread out to people on birdsite as a starter pack. Toot this thread to new people here to get them started.
@Memeghnad I like to explain instances like subreddits with their own moderators and rules. The difference is you have to make a new account for each instance.
@Memeghnad why shit post. Anything coherent minus hate should do.
@Memeghnad boosted this just because I saw someone use 'few' correctly on a social media site.
PS: Not undermining your intelligence. Just that it's rare to see the correct usage of 'few' somehow.
@Memeghnad I m here after reading your article on birdsite. So ya, u nudged me to be here. Its my maiden day out here. And I m from Umred, ur neighbor of 50 km!!!
@alianwar Welcome to Mastodon! I'm so happy to see you here! :D
Keep tooting saar.
I joined Jumbosite about a week ago. I come here Everyday.
If I like a post on my TL I respond, and in many cases, I follow them as well.
As I see it, only time will resolve issues arising out of familiarity.
Meghnad, you started a nice thread. 👌
@KavitaKrishnan Just put those two in the Search. You'll find people from India who are introducing themselves there. Pick out the ones you like and follow away!
Try both separately and together.
This is for just #introduction: https://mastodon.social/web/timelines/tag/introduction
@Memeghnad For the second point, how about creating a list of people who've migrated from birdsite? Like 3 columns, Birdsite handle, Mastadon handle and the instance they're using.
@Memeghnad The other two...maybe a video? I can try, but I'm not good at editing videos.
I'm relatively new to mastodon myself, and I can relate to point 1 and 2 for sure.
As for point 3: This is a hard one for me. As a fairly technical person the concept wasn't hard for me to grasp, but picking an instance took some time. I can see how, with centralised services being the status quo, mastodon and it's multiple instances can be very confusing at first. Having these multiple instances is one of mastodon's key features tough, so it can't (and shouldn't) be avoided.
@hugot I'm still struggling with it a bit. Don't know how to choose the new instance. What made you choose this new one?
Initially I used https://instances.social/ to look for instances that align with my interests, but I quickly realized that I didn't want to be in a bubble too much. So when I saw mastodon.nl in the list, which is an instance for people who live in the Netherlands, I figured that that would be perfect for me: Some engagement with fellow countrymen on the local feed, and the entire fediverse to explore and find things that interest me on the federated feed.
1) It's as big as Twitter was back in 2011, and it's growing as more people use it.
2) I don't have an answer for this, because it would take considerable effort to get web designers to include mastodon links in their social media interactions.
3) Imagine 2 Monopoly boards where all the spaces are owned and developed. Twitter is the board where all the spaces are owned by one person, and Mastodon is the board where each space is owned by a different person. In the Twitter board, there is no place to go to, because all spaces have the same crappy rules. But on Mastodon, you may prefer certain spaces and stick around there, if not, it's easy to move to a different space.
4) Propaganda is almost nonexistent here in Mastodon.
I am here and there.
What was the point of being on Twitter.
Question the govt
Counter their propaganda.
Attack on modia
That engagement still happens there alone.
This can be our own space, but that engagement also should remain.
Be that our job or duty, more like.
Don't let the guard or defense down.
Don't make it easy for them.
@Memeghnad If it helps, people who join the mstdn.social instance, are welcomed with a simple five step intro of what is what.
@Memeghnad I've tried diaspora, Mastodon, SocialHome, Hubzilla, and Friendica. I have settled on using diaspora almost exclusively.
My problem with Mastodon is that engagement is zero. Even mutuals who interact with my posts on other platforms NEVER interact with my posts on Mastodon.
The cause is Mastodon's straw-like stream view. No one ever sees my posts as a result.
I see posts because I made a UserStyle that gives me a multi-column stream view. But that only works one way.
@Memeghnad "You will not get abused here " is a good reason they should try it.
It could be the social networking pitch equivalent to "you had me at hello" 😋
@Memeghnad It is definitely less toxic than bird site for sure. But it needs more posts of breaking news ..Would encourage each one of us to post. I know it is not as easy as bird site, but let us get it rolling!
@Memeghnad my sole reason? I have not been called a "rice bag" to date even once. 🙏
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