I think it's super important that we realize that Mastodon isn't "the next Twitter / Tumblr / whatever". It's not there yet. I was on the ground floor when people were "migrating" to Google Plus, and that went so horribly because we all thought it was gonna kill Facebook tomorrow.
We won't kill *anything* unless we make this a place people want to come to by 1) keeping all oppressors out and 2) making good community / context / posts
Transphobes & known abusers- community approach? Show more
Wrote this in response to worry about new known jerks joining Mastodon social scaring off good folks...
Wondering if maybe there is a need for something like “community watch”. When known jerk joins, people in real threat block (stay safe) & others less at risk follow and watch... Report/ take action when they get out of line
Often thought something needed irl for domestic abuse survivors.
Just an idea. Would be interested In your thoughts.
Crying doesn't indicate that you're weak.
Since birth, it has been a sign that you're alive.
credited to @bdenh: I dunno how to boost outside its author's timeline
Instagram: My life is a party.
Snapchat: My life is a quirky TV show.
Facebook: My life turned out great!
Twitter: We're all going to die.
Mastodon: Don't worry, while we are on a quirky, meandering path towards an inevitable apocalypse, we might as well enjoy the ride and show eachother some love in an unorthodox, yet irresistible manner, not in any way hindered by considerations of style, identity or consistency.
Hello to our Mexican friends over at mstdn.mx 👋🏾
To the guy I saw a guy in a wheelchair wearing a camouflage jacket today:
You can't run, but you can hide...
roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you
and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops
it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed
twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you
Reminder that unlike on Twitter, Mastodon allows for Content Warnings (CW). These let others decide if they have the mental energy to deal with certain topics (politics, current events, bigotry, etc.) rather than you deciding for them.
You don't have to refrain from talking about those subjects here, but please make frequent use of CWs for those of us who use Mastodon as a refuge.
They're also good for hiding spoilers, joke punchlines, and long rambles, but don't forget their primary usage.
People not using the CW button for politics (especially but not limited to American electoral politics) need to be quiet. New people effectively walking into a room and shouting about shit that a) not everybody cares about and b) could upset people victimised by it.
Something that's really refreshing about Mastodon is there's no ads. I spent an inordinate amount of time maintaining adblockers and using 3rd party social network apps just to avoid ads. It's worth it in the end, but it's still a drag. But here? Wonderful by default.
Open Mastodon and start reading interesting posts.
Realize I'm distracted and need to get some work done and close Mastodon.
Remember that the information I need to get work done is *in* Mastodon.
Rinse and repeat all day long...
As I forge ahead with a new life, THIS is what I aspire to achieve. Thanks @Downes for the reminder.
"...you have to be yourself, no matter who you are. Your strengths, your weaknesses, your abilities, your handicaps - all these are yours, and you have to embrace them...
And, maybe - be generous. Help people in need. Share what you know. Be kind to animals... Not because you would want others to do the same for you, but because they are you."
My son is doing his 2nd astrophysics MOOC. He got stuck on a question today that led us to be both at our own computers yelling answers to each other across the hall.
We were arguing over what math should be done in your head vs. on a calculator vs. written down on paper, but also laughing as we went, learning to accept that we have same but different ways to attack the same problems. #smallstories
Boost this toot if you don't mind that I just want to hear the mastobloop sound a bunch
I met a new member of staff at work today.
She's in her early Twenties and is registered as legally blind. She is completely blind in one eye, and has something like 10% sight in the other. She has a guide dog which sometimes stays at work with her (in the staff room) and uses a cane - but not at work.
Considering all of the above, she manages to make her way around the store, read product labels - sometimes with the use of a magnifying glass, use the till, and demonstrate the products (body lotions etc.) to the customers.
She has just finished a Masters Degree in Children's Literature, writes articles for various websites, and has a very active YouTube channel.
To say that I was inspired by her would be an understatement.
Using Twitter for over ten years has reprogrammed my brain to output my thoughts in short bursts. Mastadon is a genuine challenge, and I love that. You should have seen me in my Livejournal days! Long live waffle.
Twitter: in giving us a platform to speak, it took away our words 🤔
It just occurred to me to mention: since Mastodon doesn’t have advertising, check and see if the people running your instance(s) have some way to send them donations to help keep the servers running.
If you can, of course! But even a little bit now and then can help, if as many people do it as possible.
I am not actually an instance administrator or anything; I just want the lights to stay on. And my dollar a month is insufficient by itself.