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Y'all complaining about toots like it isn't the most adorable little way to post microblogs.

I keep seeing people say Mastodon is nothing like Twitter. And they’re right.

Mastodon is an echo of the old internet, it’s decentralised, chaotic. What you get depends on your sysadmin. You can’t search, everything has to be shared to you by a human. Networks split apart and rejoin. What you see is your unique connection to it.

Is this good? Maybe. But for me that’s the internet I grew up with. No algorithms, no targeted adverts, just human interaction, and it was glorious.

(Opens Mastodon)
“Whoa, everyone is talking about Mastodon!”

(Opens Twitter)
“Whoa, everyone is talking about Mastodon!”

New folks, just a reminder: continue to follow and unfollow people, curate that nice home timeline of yours. Be curious and open up profiles of everyone you see here — whether that’s from a boost or a reply from an existing follower to someone else. Good luck!

P.s. Keep posting about your day and thoughts like it’s 2007 and Twitter hasn’t yet taken off. Just vibe. We’re all here to chill. Mostly. Find your community, not an audience.


Every Mastodon explanation is like "It's very simple, your account is part of a kerflunk, and each kerflunk can talk to each other as part of a bumblurt. At the moment everyone you flurgle can see your bloops but only people IN your kerflunk can quark your nerps. Kinda like email."

linux administration is a sudo science

Hey @wasabi_cloud I can't login to the console, bunch of 404 errors in the console. What's going on ?

unix *says* "everything is a file" but doesn't *commit*

environment variables? not files

program arguments? NOT passed as file descriptors!

bash is a shell of *lies*

When I joined #mastodon, I just wanted an open-source #twitter clone.

I got more than that. Subtle design differences made for healthier conversations in ways I wasn't expecting.

Here's a blog post to try to capture those differences and why they matter.

Dear #TwitterMigration folks, an important tip on #privacy on the fediverse:

There is none.

This is a public medium; please treat it as such. Just as you have no privacy on Twitter (Elon Musk can read all your DMs), you have no privacy on the instance you’re on (your administrators can read all your posts).

You can set the visibility of a post but that’s a viewing suggestion, not a privacy guarantee.

Think of your posts as postcards, not sealed letters, and you should be fine.


“Programming Portals”

These ideas would not be out of place in the original Smalltalk systems which IIRC tried to expose the underlying programming objects to the end user.

the only thing I know how to dress for is travel. Don’t ask me to dress for the office or a party. Going on a train? I will be both comfortable and chic. it is my niche.

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