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testing out the fediverse (again)

I'm an academic studying , culture, , , , social science among too many other things....

I also work on natural language processing (), word , and recently pushed (with co-developer) an package to called text2map: culturalcartography.gitlab.io/

I'm also interested in , , , , , , running... my dog Galileo

One really awesome thing about the #fediverse I realized while driving this morning.

If there's someone on a (activitypub) video site that I like, I don't need to be on their site, or even host my own version of that video site (such as #peertube). Same thing for a photo blog, such as #pixelfed.

From my single, self-hosted instance, I can follow these accounts, be it regular text, video blog, picture blog, etc, as these all support the #activitypub protocol.

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

quick

testing out the fediverse (again)

I'm an academic studying , culture, , , , social science among too many other things....

I also work on natural language processing (), word , and recently pushed (with co-developer) an package to called text2map: culturalcartography.gitlab.io/

I'm also interested in , , , , , , running... my dog Galileo

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