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!
3) Looks too complicated
Yes it does. But just use it like Birdsite and start shitposting. Since there are few people, go crazy. You'll figure it out eventually.
Come, toot something. I'll boost ya!
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.
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