The buzzwords of the week seem to be "federated" and "decentralized". I'm glad that tens of thousands of people are being introduced to these concepts this week, but they're definitely not new, and they're far from perfected.
If we want openness, federation, identity, flexibility, and control why not just have our own website?
Manually POSSEing my first post from my own site to Mastodon.social, a GNU social alternative. I have a feeling I'll enjoy the increased character count of 500 before being truncated on a microblog. #firstToot http://boffosocko.com/2016/12/12/a-new-microblog-on-mastodon-social/