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If you’re an oldschool blogger, you may remember Noah Grey. His software, Greymatter, was a seminal platform for many of us, and he’s a sweetheart to boot. I wrote about him in my book. He needs a little help now. I donated and encourage you to, too. He's reached his goal but let's keep it going.
gofund.me/60b19ee4

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My big problem with those donation economies - patreon, github sponsors, etc - is that they tend to concentrate on a few big people.

People join a mastodon instance and try to give to Gargron, who already gets *checks notes* a bit over 6000€ per month.

Instead of doing that, check if your local admin needs it more, tbh

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So, I just learned something new. The #fediverse is not just connected #mastodon instances, but actually consists of several different software platforms, all connecting via the same federating protocol! I had seen references to things like #peertube and #nextcloud, but assumed they were different platforms running on different protocols, but it turns out they're all part of the same fediverse, unified by #ActivityPub. Amazing!

#NewHere

I should get to work. I've been putting off stuff all day.

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What's the difference between THE biggest billionaire controlling twitter and a board composed of THE REST of the biggest billionaires controlling twitter? The platform will either continue it's downward spiral or something else will happen. Who cares? That's why mastodon exists.

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Oof. A homeless camp by Lake Merritt is burning. Talk about getting kicked while you’re down. 😢

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RT @EU_EDPS@twitter.com

#EDPS launches pilot phase of two new social media platforms: #EUVoice and #EUVideo.
Based on decentralised, free, Open-Source & privacy-oriented @joinmastodon@twitter.com and @joinpeertube@twitter.com, they connect EU institutions with users of the #Fediverse
👉Press Release europa.eu/!8x4DBn

🐦🔗: twitter.com/EU_EDPS/status/151

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Another thing that new users may not realize is that your Mastodon account isn't limited to following other Mastodon accounts. Mastodon uses a common open source protocol called ActivityPub, and can interact with other services that use that same protocol. Pleroma, for example, or PeerTube, or PixelFed. It's like being able to subscribe to Instagram or YouTube from your Twitter account.

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@cat A lot of times, when people say they miss X, what they really mean is they miss the existence of a distinct scene/culture around X. Like, you can absolutely dial into a BBS today, but you're not gonna find anything like you'd have found if you dialed into one in the late '80s, when there was an active BBS scene.

Of course, every scene has to start somewhere...

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"i miss BBS"
you can log on to a BBS right now
"i miss IRC"
you can log on to an IRC server right now
"i miss self hosted this or that"
you can self host your own thing right now
"i miss online communities"
join one, start one
"i miss online friends"
we're waiting for u!

the only obstacle to all this and more is yourself.

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You are new on #Mastodon and don't know what to make with it now?

Maybe watch this great video from @shonalika to get a good start about the whole thing...

youtube.com/watch?v=KQwREOg0a9

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open source wins again youtube.com/watch?v=YGmo3yiRYe

nintendo hates this because it makes it hard for them to scam you into nintendo switch online

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90% of what makes the Fediverse so great, are the funny and lovely instance domains

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Hi there new fedizens..

If you have a nice personal weblog, then you may consider adding it to a #Fediverse #Webring 🤯

fediring.net/

(No, that is not old-fashioned. It is, euh.. vintage, hipster 🤔 I don't know these words)

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For me anyway, #Mastodon is easily at feature parity to Twitter as a place to go post/microblog. In fact I think it has far more features, (although I was never really a Twitter "power user" anyway). Still, I'm pretty impressed coming back after a few years

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