Let's see if people at #OEGlobal22 see this post on the NZ-based Fediverse! This is how open-and-distributed works... I wonder who the first attendee from, say, the northern hemisphere to see and boost it will be...
This is how #open works. @clintlalonde paying his #oer learning forward by sharing a detailed description of moving from one Mastodon instance to another. Thanks Clint 👏👏 See: https://edtechfactotum.com/migrating-to-a-new-mastodon-home/
Bookmarking this one > switching.software is a grassroots website, that is trying to let people know about ethical and easy-to-use alternatives to well-known websites, apps and other software.
Their tips on how to switch.
1) Don't be afraid
2) Start small
3) Tell your friends (hence this toot to y'all)
4) Don't overextend yourself
5) Ask for help
6) Help others
7) Don't fuel unwanted fears
This was one little side track from viewing this talk about pyscript https://anaconda.cloud/pyscript-pycon2022-peter-wang-keynote
which looks really cool!
If you are new to Mastodon and are looking for an Android mobile app, I use Tusky https://tusky.app/
Why hello desk my old friend. It's my first day working in the office since March 2, 2020. I have really missed my morning bike commute to/from the office, and the vibrant energy & buzz in the air working in the heart of downtown. I had a last-minute scramble to find my office keys and I forgot my mouse, but happy to be working from a different locale.
@fgraver @dajbelshaw @kenbauer @Wiobyrne I too found the same issue with scholar.social. It seemed almost anything from history, which is predominantly my posting métier, elicited a call for a CW. One of the motivators for my instance hopping.
But, that’s the joy of a decentralised system, everyone can find a nook to call their home.
Well, this is an encouraging pilot program to see. Welcome to Mastodon @EU_Commission > EU Joins Mastodon Social Network, Sets Up Its Own Server https://www.pcmag.com/news/eu-joins-mastodon-social-network-sets-up-its-own-server
As one of the main Mastodon developers, I can't promise you that Mastodon will be a complete and exact Twitter replacement for you, but it may fit your use-cases, at least it does for me.
Just keep in mind that it is not exactly the same thing, some core design decisions are different (there isn't an unique centrally-governed website, but many interconnected servers operated by different individuals and organizations) and thus the tradeoffs can be different as well.
While I personally don't think Mastodon should aim at being an exact replacement to Twitter, I do hope Mastodon can be useful to more people wanting an alternative to Twitter! And I know there are lots of room for improvement, on things we do know, and on things we don't.
Also keep in mind that Mastodon is developed by only two core developers payed through a non-profit funded through sponsorship, grants and donations, so please be patient!
Searching works differently on #Mastodon than on #Twitter. In general Mastodon searches will only find hashtags, making discoverability explicitly opt-in and cutting down on unwanted conflict/harassment.
One thing you can do to search your own older posts is use the #MastodonArchiveTool to search your downloaded archive from within your browser. https://observablehq.com/@nuklearfiziks/mastodon-archive-tool Instructions are on the page. If the post is still online, clicking the links in the search results will take you to the post's location. Enjoy!
A couple of years ago I wrote:
> Why Mastodon and the fediverse are “doomed to fail”
Note the quotation marks in the title - the narrative that Mastodon is doomed because it does not follow traditional patterns of "growth" will be endlessly repeated in the capitalist media ecosystem.
If you see this argument brought up again in light of current events, I hope the post above may still prove useful in offering an alternative interpretation.
Open Source Technologist with the OER Foundation - I blog about OERs and free and open source tech for delivering them on https://tech.oeru.org.