For new people wondering why Mastodon is on thousands of servers instead of one:

-It helps protect us all against Elon Musk scenarios. It's very difficult for anyone to buy a network made of thousands of independently owned servers. (It's the same reason why no one owns the world's email network, because there are so many independent providers out there.)

-If your server misbehaves (or sells out to a malevolent billionaire), you can move your account to a different server, or even to a brand new server. Decentralisation means you're never trapped on a site you hate.

-Mastodon is an open platform where anyone can start their own server, and they don't need tech knowledge if they use a service like masto.host or federation.spacebear.ee

...and there are lots more good reasons too, to do with servers using alternative Fediverse software etc, but I'll save that for a future post 😁

#MastoTips #Mastodon #FediTips #Fediverse

@natebowling def want to connect re: your exp w podcasting and a semi academic project im starting.

any comments on the functionality of that link above are welcome.

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Shout out to Sopo Bike Co-op (not on the fediverse, but sopobikes.org/) for the great work they do helping Atlantans get around. If any #Atlanta folks need a bike or need their current bike fixed, head over there instead of buying an expensive new bike. #cooperatives

My fav show advertised on my fav mass transit in my fav city (and home) .. contemplating an edited collection of essays on .. interested anyone?

@omololaogunyemi do you watch FX Atlanta? There was a lot of discussion of Jollof in the last episode.

Now, I did move away from Mastodon. I never got the critical mass of conversation from other parties that I craved from these type of platforms, and ultimately I remained on Twitter and worked with Twitter's limitations because I had the critical mass of conversation I needed there.

If this return is going to work, we need to build critical mass and we need more and better conversations with one another.

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hey y'all, from .. joined mastodon three years just to try it out but after today's twitter news, im moving over .. : im a digital rhetoric and culture scholar interested in community building, activism, and anti-racist education .. fan of diy web projects .. also parenting, frisbees, hammocks, and bike commuting.

@TIL cool interests that overlap some of mine (at least in terms of and maybe ).

quick question: has anyone set up/used mastodon on their own domain (essentially set up their own, self managed network) or do all/most mastodon users use pre-existing instances on others' servers?

i'm an assistant prof in an english department outside of atlanta, georgia -- interested in how the web impacts writing, civic engagement, activism, design, and literacies. also in indie film, music, and contemporary fiction. looking forward to exploring this network :)

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