while #telegram is down (at least for some) take this as an oportunity to reflect:
- do you rely on a centralized service
- telegram runs on proprietary software
- it can't federate and creates by that something known as 'walled gargen'
- there are great alternatives you might like
for future use:
briar (in beta) has p2p
Twitter/Mastodon has made it so I have no idea if a thing is universally popular or just in my bubble
What if there was a general strike, but instead of picketing, we still went into work. We just worked really, really slowly, called lots of meetings, said "let's table this for now" to absolutely everything, and wrote out long emails about dishwashing etiquette?
:bird: something is wrong and Twitter should do something to fix it
:elephant: something is wrong and oh I guess we need to work through this complex problem and come up with a solution as a community that works for us and if other people prefer something different they can do that too
Mastodon and now Scuttlebutt / #ssb all over my news feeds! This has been a very exciting week :)
technical note about this tech as I see some confusion/misconceptions:
Admins of your instance have complete control over your account. Really, we can read all the posts (including DMs) and we can even impersonate/hack your account with ease.
Make sure you trust your admins.
Here on toot.cat we have a CoC that applies to both admins and non admins. Admins are expected to abide by the CoC and not oppress users as well.
I've just looked around and found this old tweet. I'm understanding the situation a bit better now..
want to talk to my friends but I have to build a social network first
So far I'm into how much Mastodon feels like every fictional dystopic cyberpunk BBS - the blooming politics of federations and collective vaporwave + witch + hacker imagery helps a lot. I'm living my own fantasy.
It's kinda weird to think about a social network where businesses own their own presences, rather than relying on a capricious third party service like Twitter or Facebook. Imagine NBC or The Verge running a Mastodon instance for their reporters to toot from, or Bethesda operating an instance for PR and customer support. No more lost business when Facebook changes their algorithms again because they need more money from boosted posts.
I am originating a new usage of the ✅. I hope it catches on, because in a sense it's mostly used this way now.
As portability is currently quite limited, the checkmark now indicates that I am actively using that instance, and that my other nonchecked instance identities are hibernating.
Mastodon might have a chance at surviving if we can get organizations like universities, labs & non-profits running their own instances.
In federated systems like these, what happens if everyone has their own instance of 1 user, performance-wise? Is there an instance size sweet spot?
Was hoping to see more lojban on here, but French is fine too I guess
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