Working on a project to bring transparency to Facebook advertising in UK general elections: whotargets.me
“Well he said, you’ll be the greatest president in the history of, but you know what, I’ll take that also, but that you could be. But he said, will be the greatest president but I would also accept the other. In other words, if you do your job, but I accept that. Then I watched him interviewed and it was like he never even was here. It’s incredible. I watched him interviewed a week later and it’s like he was never in my office. And you can even say that.”
- Donald J. Trump
So, who is working on branding, logo and identity for the OStatus network *as a whole*? Mastodon is a nice name and has a logo, but it's a server, not the network. We shouldn't be saying "I'm on Mastodon", but "I'm on OStatus". But it needs a friendlier brand. How do we do this in a decentralised way? It's like trying to rebrand the concept of email.
Are you a print designer interested in new, better politics? We would love your help producing an election leaflet!
Little bump for words wot I wrote -
How designers can think about making digital privacy more intuitive
Any tips on how to discover people to follow?
Thanks everyone! It's... gone crazy!
Is there an index of mastodon instances somewhere?
Some thoughts on understanding digital space by thinking of it as physical space.
What if your privacy settings meant your neighbours could see into your bedroom?
scientists spent 2 years training this bird to play saxophone. and all it does now is play its normal bird song, except on saxophone
Further to my rant on the 🐦 place - is there a URI Scheme for Mastodon?
I know I can link to a specific message via URL - and to a specific user - but is that the only way?
Just saying "@firstname.lastname@example.org" doesn't give a UA any information that it's specifically Mastodon related.
Or am I being dense?
Sr. Mastodon Administrators
Position requires 7-10 years experience with Mastradon and related technologies.
Must be willing to relocate to mastrodrome.city
email@example.com saw from my Twitter you've got involved...
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.
What happened to the thing that suggests new people to follow?
I've written something about Mastodon on opendemocracy.net:
What would Twitter be if it adopted Wikipedia’s politics?
Investigating systems for participation at the Royal College of Art
This page describes the mastodon.social instance - wondering what Mastodon is? Check out joinmastodon.org instead! In essence, Mastodon is a decentralized, open source social network. This is just one part of the network, run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!
Hero image by @b_cavello