For a week now, I’ve been exploring the open source social media network #Mastodon1. Elon Musk is destroying the usefulness of #Twitter, firing staff, whining, and seemingly proceeding without a thought-out plan. I haven’t deleted my Twitter accounts, yet, but I’ve started deleting DMs, downloaded my Twitter archive, deleted the official Twitter client from my iOS devices2, unfollowing accounts, blocking accounts more quickly, yada yada.
I’ve had a Twitter account since 2007, and have been a heavy user of it ever since, for good or bad, I’m not sure. I learned a lot, but also wasted some moments that could have been more productively spent.
Anyway, Mastodon seems like a viable replacement, at least so far. It isn’t the same as Twitter, and there are some things that I wish worked differently, but all in all, worth continuing to use. I’ve had more actual conversations at Mastodon than I have had recently at Twitter, perhaps because there are less people using Mastodon. Or because it is set up differently than Twitter.
Mastodon stats from yesterday:
+5,384 in the last hour
+96,257 in the last day
+593,606 in the last week
If you want to follow me over there, use this link.
Also, if you can’t decide on which Instance3 to join, you can join the one I joined with this link.
I gave a few dollars via Patreon to the site host, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. The site host posted this yesterday:
Some #DevOps statistics for #tootcommunity: There are 70 devices hitting the server, each second. That’s 1.5 million requests for the last 6 hours, in which we sent out 67GB of data.
I’m also testing out posting from WordPress to Mastodon with a new plugin. We’ll see if it works once I publish this post!Footnotes:
- after learning it wasn’t spelled Mastadon [↩]
- keeping Twitterrific for the moment [↩]
- Mastodon server [↩]