@aral @Mastodon If it helps, we're demoing the beta of MoodleNet next week, which is a federated social network for educators.

A few of them may have heard of Moodle (150 million registered users, but reality many more)


@aral @Mastodon The point I've been trying to get across recently (esp. given events in India) is that one worldwide moderation policy, controlled by Silicon Valley companies, cannot work even in the short term.

Thus, moderation by communities of people (who can move but stay in the network) is essential.

If I posted text posts about anything I cared about on facebook the algorithm would not show it to almost anyone thats even following me. It would literally just drop off the radar and be forgotten. I post a random thought here and people from around the world actually have a chance to respond. That is powerful. That cant be underplayed. The fact that we dont have to worry whether our messages have financial viability makes our ideas stronger. Our voices ring.

@Flophouse_Sam I think it's *only* on mastodon.social for now, so probably hasn't made its way to apps. I just use the web version on desktop and mobile...

Love the new bookmarking feature on mastodon.social!

Really, really hope it doesn't get hidden away in a menu as, to me, it has more value than likes.

I absolutely ADORE my @WeAreOpenCoop@twitter.com colleague @grainnehamilton@twitter.com reflecting on in events and learned so much from her post: blog.weareopen.coop/7-tips-for

I really like this idea by @LicenseZero@twitter.com -- coop-like orgs for your software that doesn't need the overhead of foundations or incorporation to build a sort of business that can do, say, dual-license software and have equal pay across all members for it! xlcollaborative.com

Uhm, didn't see that coming (totally did):

The Wire messenger changed ownership in July, didn't really notify anyone as per their own privacy policy, and now belongs to a US entity called "Wire Group Holdings":


Not sure how I feel about that (totally do).

@Downes Interesting, I see co-operation and collaboration as quite similar (bar WW2 France, obviously). Will ponder.

This blog post doesn't mention AMP but it seems a pretty thinly-veiled threat to those who don't employ it on their sites:


"Our plan to identify sites that are fast or slow will take place in gradual steps, based on increasingly stringent criteria. Our long-term goal is to define badging for high-quality experiences, which may include signals beyond just speed."

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."

(Oscar Wilde)

I think my new sorting-the-wheat question is going to be a variant of "do you believe that human societies thrive because competition, or collaboration?"

I can't be arsed to argue politics, philosophy, or anything else with people who think that we exist solely to compete with one another.

This article about the recent arrival on Mastodon of many Twitter users from #India is by far more complete than many others I've seen these days: qz.com/india/1746734/angry-twi
But unsurprisingly it ends with a common doubt about Mastodon being a platform filled with echo chambers.

Well, being an italian that in the last days interacted with so many people from India and having learned from many new things about indian society from them it sounds fun 😄

On Mastodon you can find and interact with a huge amount of different communities: LGBT communities based in UK, vegans from the States, german metalheads, Solarpunks, some algerian guys, italian anarchists, french hackers, anime-fans from all around, indian muslims, south american activists...

It's a kind of variety that is rarely encountered on commercial social media.

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