Wrote up some thoughts about my last few weeks on Mastodon! And now I'm tooting about it! http://gregpak.com/mastodon-monday-some-thoughts-on-the-new-social-network/
thx for sharing :)
Here'll add some comments
> But I’m unclear on whether administrators have the ability to view private messages
mastodon is NOT build for that. There is no encryption. It's *only for microblogging purpose.
But some imstance offer xmpp, used together with tor, and end to end encryption, one the most secure chatting tools available.
Twitter is also NOT secure in the same sense as mastodon. If it has no e2e enryption nothing is really private.
that mastodon.social will propably be existing as long as mastodon does guess is true, but it's important to keep the federation aspect in mind. If most pll just choose one big instance it kills the concept, and brings in similiar issue as twitter has.
Introducing the concept of content waring might be also usefull.
As it's something specifc for mastodon in might be a bit confusing for newcommers.
Some are espacialy cause of the cw function using mastosdon
@paulfree14 @gregpak true.. a year later and nor progress nothing zilch nada https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/808736772830195713
@david_ross @paulfree14 @gregpak WhatsApp uses OpenWhisperSystems' encryption protocol by default, though its implementation is a bit flawed. It's optional in Allo and the UI for it sucks, but it's there. Not sure what Google's excuse is for putting it in Allo and not in Hangouts, though. I wouldn't say no progress.
@BramMeehan Yeah, that would be AWESOME if it were possible, but I don't think there's any interface that allows you to see multiple instances like that yet. Closest I've seen is the Tootdon iOS app, which lets you switch between instances pretty easily. But you can't see 'em on the same page in different columns like that.
@gregpak Another notable thing: you can't search for just text in mastodon--that's apparently intentional to avoid people keyword searching to harass users. If you want a toot part of a larger conversation, you have to use hashtags more reliantly here.
I've been trying to use #comics more to start conversations across instances.
@gregpak FYI about private messages: Yes, admins *can* ready your private messages. I found this out when the admin of an instance I used to have an account on suddenly (and without warning or notification) deleted my account. Apparently it was because I had been PMing with a user from another instance that my admin was feuding with -_-
@gregpak Great post! A few comments:
1. You can back up your statuses with https://github.com/kensanata/mastodon-backup. I haven't tested it though.
2. Yes, private toots are visible to admins. There's no e2e encryption, so if you want that, Signal is a better choice.
In its defense, though, private toots need to be visible to admins/moderators in order to effectively moderate. It's a tradeoff.
3. You can set GIFs to auto-play in the settings. 😎
@gregpak Great write up. I agree on all of your points, especially about the desire to have one universal logon, that would be great.
I notice that you didn't mention me in the write up. But then I'm a complete stranger so why would you? But still . . . A fella likes to be mentioned. 😀
@Gargron Okay, yep, same issue with this post: https://mastodon.social/@gregpak/99118173662917241
The preview does show up in Twitter.
Thanks for taking a look!
@gregpak hi greg! just wanted to note that the reason you can't claim a single username across all of the fediverse is that it's, well, federated. there is no central authority and there should not be. think of it like email... you can claim "firstname.lastname@example.org" just like claiming "email@example.com", then why would you also need "firstname.lastname@example.org"?