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Mastodon has a verification mechanism, though it looks different from Twitter's. We do not ask for your documents. Instead, if you have a website that you are known by, you can verify that you are the owner of that website.

Link to your Mastodon profile from the website, either through a visible link, or through a <link> tag in the head of the document, with a rel=me attribute, and link back to that page from your Mastodon profile. It should then get a green checkmark, like @Mastodon.

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#feditips 🚜

if you dislike the instance you're currently on, you don't need to start from scratch.

you can export your follow network, import it on the new instance and set your old profile to indicate that you've moved to a new one.

you can even do a "profile move", making it so that everyone who follows your old account automatically follows your new one instead.

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#feditips ♟️

#activitypub, the protocol on which mastodon, pleroma, misskey, pixelfed, peertube and other services run on, is very flexible. some of the services that use it aren't even social media.

for example, castling.club/ is a chess server that runs entirely on activitypub! two fediverse users can challenge each other to a game of chess and play against each other by writing responses to the @king bot.

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The fediverse is a true social network, in that it actually requires you to do "networking" and be "social."

Think of it like a crowded pub. There are no celebrities here. You'll need to make an effort to meet people, no algorithm pushes content on you. To find more people, and new content, you'll need to talk to people, and see what they're into. You can move around, but you need to get along with people sitting near you.

These are commonly labeled "problems," but I consider them "features." #feditips

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I felt a great disturbance in the Cloud, as if millions of birds suddenly tweeted out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

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NFT nonsense 

@ascott indeed it offers a new means to steal and proprietarize other people's work...

The same sick people who wanted an internet where everything is owned and can then be billed with micro-payments have finally crawled back out from under their rock under the web3 banner.

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That is a good point, and I don't know. Other than that I see it as kind of the same, but this refers to an 'online social fabric', but in reality it should be a suitable abstraction (in the technical realms) of a similar intricate social network that exists in the real world. To achieve that, as a possible good first step, I am promoting a paradigm which I call "Community has no Boundary" where you can define arbitrary relationships between groups and other actors on the Fediverse to model real-world associations. Right now Community is a fuzzy concept on fedi, and we say for example that an "Instance" (artificial server boundary) constitutes a community. Your personal timeline implicitly forms another community of sorts. I'd like to see any federated app be able to expose a standardized concept of a Community (similar to how Lemmy is exposing them now), and allow them to have more than just "member of" relationships (e.g. "sponsors", "partner of", "subsidiary of", "develops", etc).

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From the article:
“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation,” says Colombian politician Gustavo Petro. His quote rings especially true when considering Tokyo’s trains. Its rail system is an equalizer between rich and poor. It’s usually the fastest way to get from A to B within the city, it’s affordable and everyone uses it. There is no stigma attached to riding the train, it’s simply the standard.
metropolisjapan.com/why-tokyo-

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@humanetech "For God's sake, can't you do anything sustainably?" (of corporations) has got to be the quote of the day.

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I feel bad for maintainers of now that their hard volunteer work is widely ridiculed for serious flaws that were found.

This while every corporate club and your grandma used it in their million $$ projects without anyone thinking of doing a security scan or otherwise contributing to the project with time or funds.

A lessons-learned for the corporates:

"Nurture before you milk!"

And keep on nurturing. For god sake, can't you do anything sustainably?

ariadne.space/2021/12/11/to-se

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podded with your polycule in a sensory deprivation bunker under Cal Anderson, you watch Instagram VR streams of allied Russian hypersonics crossing the Olympic peninsula. Blue Origin point defense interceptors arc up to counter, but can't stop them all. the aboveground Seattle Commune™ by Amazon® will certainly be leveled, but only reactionary NeverBunkers still live up there anyway, so it's fine. you flip back to the all-hands address from Chairman Bezos on the forthcoming diplomatic resolution

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Of course Elsevier's "enhanced pdf viewer" tracks where you click, view, if you hide the page, etc. and then transmits a big base64 blob of events along with ID from University proxy when you leave. I'm sure straight to SciVal for sale.
Is this the way we want science to work?

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New version of Mastodon for iOS is waiting for Apple review right now. It does *not* contain iPad support, which is not ready as I mentioned earlier, but we're bringing out multi-account support, loading character limits &co from the server and other small improvements.

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I don't think I have seen a single school board that doesn't use Microsoft or Google services.
Is it THAT hard to host a Nextcloud server, mail server, Jitsi instance and Matrix instance instead of relying on OneDrive/Google Drive, Outlook/Gmail, Teams/Classroom/Zoom (ew) and Teams, or even Office and Windows-only apps in favor of libre software that's just more compatible overall? It'd be nice if schools respected their students' privacy.
Can't escape GAFAM until you're 16 now. Greeaaaat.

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🎉🎉🎉🖖 #PeerTube v4 is out! 🖖🎉🎉🎉

Customization, content discovery, empowering through more control… Our free-libre and federated alternative to YouTube takes the power back to you!

info: framablog.org/2021/11/30/peert

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Autocomplete search is tricky, context is everything. Much better UX than the existing solution, can't wait to roll this out!

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I feel like its a blessing and a curse to be developing a fediverse project alone.

I'm very fortunate to have the audience I have, not many projects have this, but it can get tough.

I feel so alone sometimes, my partner doesn't get why I feel so proud sometimes, because I solved a problem or made a small improvement.

None of my family and few friends have made an effort to join Pixelfed, it makes me appreciate the fediverse even more.

Thank you ❤️

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For the majority of my life there was no assumption that everyone who just got your name could go to some centralized place with a dossier about you. I don't like the feeling. But I think it's here to stay…

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OurResearch has rescued the scholarly metadata of Microsoft Academic and makes it available via OpenAlex. Now in beta. To be officially released early January.
openalex.org/about
reddit.com/r/Open_Science/comm

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