@catsalad I was so upset when my dentist asked when was the last time I flossed...

...how could he forget, he was there! ☹️

Understanding #Mastodon gets easier once you get the basic idea that federation between servers can be understood as homeomorphisms across hyperplanes between the Riemannian manifolds of toots, whereas the servers represent countable finite sets of discrete entities.

"Please," said the man, "can you do magic to make me be kind?"
"No," said the witch. "Magic cannot change anyone's nature."
"So there is no hope for me?"
"You ask the wrong question. Kind is not something you are. It is what you do."
"Is it that simple?"
"It is that hard."
#MicroFiction #SmallStories #TootFic

@yifanlu I always tell junior engineers that they should spent at least 1 hour trying to figure out something, but no more than 1 day.

✨ The future is federated

Imagine being able to follow Twitter accounts from your Instagram account

With Mastodon & Pixelfed you can!

▶️ pixelfed.org

Hello, friends! A Whale's Lantern is a #MusicCollab project between Masto #musicians, in which people are randomly paired to create awesome tracks. We published 4 albums between 2017 and 2019 which can all be listened to and downloaded for free at awhaleslantern.bandcamp.com/

There's not been a new round because the Whale has been busy swimming in the ocean but maybe it will pick up again some time in the future!

My following list is full of music makers if you are looking for like-minded people!

If you're joining Mastodon now, here's important advice:

1. Join a small instance
2. If you're part of a big instance, consider joining a small instance
3. If you have technical know-how, self-host your own instance
4. If for whatever reason you want to stay on a big instance, make your own back-up instance (like I have)

MOST IMPORTANTLY: If you don't know what an instance is, learn about it immediately.

@popey @jeffalyanak but someone on Reddit said that joinmastodon.COM was registered maliciously because some news articles about Mastodon were using it instead of joinmastodon.ORG. And the domain had ads at some point, though it now redirects to ORG. Would explain the block, and why they removed it.

@jeffalyanak but someone on Reddit said that joinmastodon.COM was registered maliciously because some news articles about Mastodon were using it instead of joinmastodon.ORG. And the domain had ads at some point, though it now redirects to ORG. Would explain the block, and why they removed it.

@jeffalyanak weird, I tested less than an hour ago and I got an error and this message:

@tchambers it looks like some news articles were using joinmastodon.COM as the URL instead of the correct joinmastodon.ORG, and someone registered joinmastodon.COM maliciously and put ads there, but now it redirects to joinmastodon.ORG correctly.

So it makes sense that they would block it. False alert, sorry!

"You don’t know who your art will save. You might not ever know that someone used your work as a rope to pull themselves out of the abyss with." - @lilithsaintcrow

I've kept a bookmark of this comic around since 2014 and revisit it every once in awhile, as a reminder.

akimbocomics.com/?p=924

A few recommendations for life on Mastodon:

1) Follow anyone you think looks potentially interesting; you can always unfollow later, and they may lead you to new people via boosted posts.

2) Boost posts you think are worthy, so others can discover new content.

3) Don't obsess on replicating your Twitter follows on Mastodon; let it be its own experience, and grow it organically. Obvs follow anyone you miss from Twitter, but this isn't a 1:1 replacement; have fun, follow your instincts.

@BroCrow I think this is a great idea and needed! Just last night a friend of mine was complaining that he doesn't know how to find new music... He literally asked "where should I go to listen to new artists?"

If on top of that you have an algorithm recommending posts that have many likes, like Facebook does, people will see posts with 10x the number of likes that they get (Facebook did an internal study on this).

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In Mastodon...

...a favorite is for the author ("I liked this thing you shared")
...a bookmark is for you ("I want to see this again later")
...a boost is for your followers ("more people should see this")

Public likes are toxic and add very little value. Because of the friendship paradox (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendsh) your followers will have more followers than you on average, and their posts will receive more likes than yours, which leads to you feeling less appreciated.

I like how Mastodon breaks social media. A like button is the secret sauce that controls the masses. But on Mastodon, the like button is just a “send my complements to the chef.” It serves no other purpose.

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