@esnyder that would be a cool feature if user names were centralized, but it looks like you can have a mastodon.social/@username and mastodon.xyz/@username.
@ohhoe I'm just learning about Mastadon, so pardon me if I say something dumb, but I don't care so much about having a centralized username, as much as not having to duplicate work to maintain a social network in multiple places.
Like right now, I'm mostly going around trying to find people that I followed on twitter, and following them here. For the most part, I don't care what instance they have their account on.
@esnyder true. the non-centralized aspect to it would definitely make the finding the same people from twitter difficult.
Though, I believe that federations can include other federations so you can see tweets from people on all the instances as long as the owners opt in?
@ohhoe Yeah, I'm not so worried about the "how can I find everyone again" question per se, more the, "is this platform actually going to mean my social network investment is robust against instance turnover" question.
@esnyder no, not yet. but if you understand coding maybe you can help us figure out a good way to do it :)
@maloki maybe. Do you have pointers to some higher level goal/design discussion I should read as to what's gone on so far?
@esnyder not you need to create a new account at each website to get acces to the local TL. Still you can read the Federated to get all the TL combined
@Dwighthaul so, are people really treating the local TL as a useful stream?
So that what instance you are on serves as some sort of first level curation of content?
That seems... like a questionable design decision? Maybe I'm just not getting the picture yet.
@esnyder I don't really get what you want to say. Its look like that some instances will be général instances, to have a useful steam. Then some instances will be create to dedate on some topics.
@Dwighthaul I guess I'm just struggling to understand what role "instances" are designed to play in this system. What you just said makes it seem like I should think about them like "channels" on a chat system.
But that seems very at odds with how heavyweight they are (can't move account between them, and followers/followees are bound to my account on a given instance.)
@esnyder Indeed, this social media is something between a social media and a chat-IRC with channels.
For the followers issue you can transfert yours followers, via the Preferences Tab.
@Dwighthaul thanks for the link/feedback. I should probably ponder the system/implications for awhile before running my mouth off more :)
@esnyder It's ok, this social network is quite new and unique, it's a bit hard to get all the implications. And most of the things I say was just what I understood Mastodon will turn up
@esnyder What I did was go into my account settings and "export follows to csv", then imported them on the new instance. Was totally painless.
@Falkreon so, as a one time thing that's part of it. But with no way to bring your followERs, and conversational history... doesn't feel like an actual solution.
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