@acw I'm glad to have played some small part in helping to make the 🍍become a "thing". https://medium.com/@qinaliu/what-i-wish-i-knew-before-joining-mastodon-7a17e7f12a2b
Here's a list of the fediverse: https://www.fediverse.org/ When one user on an instance subscribes to another, that stream can be pulled in, but each instance can ban other instances (usually only done in extreme cases). http://tooter.today/ is a tool that will show you new instances and how many other instances they're connected to.
@samplereality @kfitz @mkgold
They also federate with the overal GNU social network. If you're migrating from Twitter, try: https://mastodon-bridge.herokuapp.com/
This list of apps may be helpful too: https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/blob/master/docs/Using-Mastodon/Apps.md
@larand You own your own domain and that's the first step! You've even gone one further using the word IndieWeb in a post, which means you've pinged the IndieWeb chat (https://chat.indieweb.org/2017-04-06/1491511062465000); Now you've just got to visit https://indieweb.org and take the next steps.
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?
@acw ADN is app.net which died a few weeks ago. Pnut.io is a project started to recreate ADN and it's app ecosystem at a hobbiest level, though is surprisingly rich. (see https://pnut.io/apps) 10C at https://10centuries.org/ is a small project being run out of Japan which has also gained many thoughtful ADN refugees.
I can't wait for some of these systems to implement webmention protocols and micropub which will cause an efflorescence of disinter-mediation.
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/