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I realize it's probably not a trivial task, but a neat anti-lock-in feature would be if you could move an account from one instance to another without having to tell your followers to manually follow the new one.

Barry Peddycord III @isharacomix

Lots of good pros and cons in the discussion here. Maybe moving your toots and leaving your old account dead with a "in case you're wondering, I've moved" page is sufficient after all.

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

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@isharacomix I got hit by the instance shutting down scenario. I could see the writing on the wall, so I was able to point my followers to the new instance before the implosion. Unfortunately all the toots I made from my original account are now the stuff of entropy.

@nivex That's just one use case I envision. Even though "building a personal brand" is among the worst memes of the past decade, the fact is that having a meaningful following creates unpleasant social pressure to avoid moving even if your instance takes a turn for the worse.