Can I get some folks to share my pro-bono offer?
I will set an org up with their own #mastodon installation, see my post for details:
💡 idea: URL lengthener that expands links to fill out 500-character allowance
I meet with a Chinese grad student weekly for him to practice his English. We talk about politics, food, culture. It's fun. Today I sat down and he had a serious look on his face. "I need to ask you a question. My wife was invited to a . . . baby shower. She found out it's a party, but will there be . . . water?" Only after I explained did I remember the old 'terrifying if literal' twitter joke.
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I wrote a small patch for Mastodon that got accepted yesterday. It lets you set up an email domain whitelist for your instance. For example, if your school wants to set up an instance just for students, they can do it by limiting signups to addresses at `whatever.edu`.
It's actually really awesome that Mastodon attracted a shitload of users who largely aren't aware that the underlying GNUSocial platform is old.
You know why?
Because it means we can do this over and over.
Every time someone releases a new implementation with different-looking chrome on top, it can go through its own marketing and media cycle and garner new users. *And the network effect will be cumulative.*
Mastodon's federation introduces UX challenges.
One that worries me a lot is about message forgery. Anyone can forge a twoot, even cross-server.
Whereas Twitter Inc might be trustworthy enough to not forge transcripts. Anyone can run a Mastodon server and might want to abuse it to influence people (see Russian troll campaigns).
Should Mastodon "home servers" cryptographically sign updates? Should there be end-to-end signatures? Anyone has thoughts on this?
This roundtable with four etnically Japanese actresses about the GitS movie is SO GOOD: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ghost-shell-4-japanese-actresses-dissect-movie-whitewashing-twist-990956
> The text at the beginning of the movie explained that Hanka Robotics is making a being that’s the best of human and the best of robotics. For some reason, the best stuff they make happens to be white.
> When white feminists don’t know what to say about race, they go for the feminist thing.
Mastodon the band has noticed my project, aaaaaaaaaaa https://twitter.com/mastodonmusic/status/849388922320949249
Consuming premium aged toots that entered their oaken casks three hours ago and are just now being poured over the tinkling ice cubes of my timeline.
*tense marketing meeting*
AD EXEC: so what's our Mastodon strategy?!
EMPLOYEE: um… "Federate your tastebuds with our toot-tastic new value menu"
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