A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!
So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.
This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.
While not as widespread as #HIVcriminalisation laws, there are jurisdictions that also criminalise #hepC. This @CtrHIVLawPolicy fact sheet explains why punishment is not a public health strategy. http://www.hivlawandpolicy.org/resources/fact-sheet-punishment-not-a-public-health-strategy-criminalization-viral-hepatitis #hivlaw
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So after looking a bit more into how exactly Mastodon works... it seems like it's generally *not* a good idea to cluster in echo-chambers on a single instance if you want to have your toots spread more broadly throughout the network. That's not something the average user may care about, but for activist types migrating to here from Twitter, that's going to be an important factor.
People will argue that using DMs on here is unsafe because the admins of servers can view it. Arguably, you should use DMs for no more than you should be using them on any platform that doesn't encrypt them end to end, like Twitter.
It's about assessing your own operational security risk. Use DMs like private messages on Slack or a forum. Use Signal or another encrypted messenger if privacy is highly important.
Mastodon isn't Twitter. It doesn't behave like Twitter. You will be disappointed if you have actually entirely lost the ability to communicate without being triggered by the outrage algorithm. Don't bring that culture here, it's why we left earlier.
The timeline is linear. Follow people you ordinarily wouldn't. Utilise the followers only message feature when you want to avoid a potential pile on. Report UX issues in a polite way and they'll probably be fixed, because this isn't Twitter.
I gave a talk last night at a library out in the western suburbs, and it was the simplest reminder of the power of the commons. The library was next to public housing and dozens of people came to listen and talk. The librarian had developed a whole program of initiatives and events to empower his community. It was a little glimpse into how easily people come together around the common good.
To put into perspective what is happening, here is 6 month of history of the processing required to run mastodon.social:
In the end, I've decided to go for multiple accounts on Mastodon. I'll be keeping this account as a professional account for things related to academia. So... no politics, no gaming, and really just nothing that I'd need to put a content warning on in general. Not unless I'm talking about research on those topics anyway. For all of my everyday sort of discussion, that'll happen over on my new account firstname.lastname@example.org
I expect the usage will be different from twitter, too
On the face, this is just a different twitter, but there's one thing we should be pretty aware of, at least on the left, and that is how the actual system itself affects the outcome to a large degree, however it looks
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