Fediverse meta-thought: Muting people for 3 days or 7 days is an underrated Mastodon feature (some bird site clients let you do this too). Somebody into something you’re not? Mute them for a couple days and then they’ll be back and you never had to stop following them. Feel free to mute me! Everybody should mute everybody from time to time.
Encore une fois, @gee dit ce qu’il faut, comme il faut :
I want to update my username before it gets too awkward to do that, and I thought it might be good to move to a less overloaded instance at the same time
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Ever since Be Inc. was bought out in 2001. A lesson I have taken to heart, is that it is dangerous to rely on technology stacks and services that are owned by corporations. You rely on them as little as possible.
Whenever possible you use floss so you can fork it if it gets abandoned or taken over.
Better yet, if it's community run, a coop, or a non profit with a clear governance strategy. It is much less likely to ever be taken over.
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!
Pretty sure that most of new users will not make the switch and instead keep using Twitter, or another big social network in place. There have been other waves of new users in the past. If people keep joining the "main" instance, it will not promote federation, which is the whole point of using Mastodon in my opinion.
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