Mastodon is not the first online ecosystem for any of us, it’s a chance at a reboot.
So it’s pretty rad that our consensus answer to the question “If given a chance, what would I have done differently online to make for a better future?” is a resounding “be authentic and kind and seek connection with others.”
@Sluggo I started on dialup BBSs, then IRC for many years, then Myspace, digg, Facebook, Twitter and now Mastodon.
Mastodon is the first one that feels like IRC. where I don't feel like a commodity. it's not a bunch of people fighting over followers to boost their brand.
@Sluggo "be better online" is one thing, i totally support it.
but another part of me thinks this is actually a good opportunity to be less online. like.. offline.
like, let's not just do another twitter. go outside, whatever that means to you.
@Sluggo i've been saying more and more over the last couple of years how much i miss the internet from when i was a kid back when everything was just about fun people doing fun things on the fun machine, and then this beautiful website fell right into my lap. a prayer i didn't even realize i made was answered by the universe
@Sluggo actually, for me it pretty much is my first. Before this I only talked to people I knew IRL through SMS and messenger. This is the first place I've used a social network the way it is intended.
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!