In the end, I've decided to go for multiple accounts on Mastodon. I'll be keeping this account as a professional account for things related to academia. So... no politics, no gaming, and really just nothing that I'd need to put a content warning on in general. Not unless I'm talking about research on those topics anyway. For all of my everyday sort of discussion, that'll happen over on my new account

Are there any decent desktop clients for Mastodon, or do people usually just use it in a browser tab?

I've previously had people ask me to content warning political posts I made on here (when my mobile client cross-posted everything I tweeted without me noticing), which makes me inclined to think I might need separate ones. But then, so much of the academic work I do in privacy is by its nature going to cross over with the political stuff as it is.

Still undecided on if I want to use this account as solely a professional account, or if I should just treat it as successor to my Twitter account and do everything on here.

So it appears the mobile app I'd installed so I could easily post to both Twitter and Mastodon was automatically cross-posting everything I tweeted using the app. Which wasn't meant to happen. Oops. I'll have to dig into the settings, see what was causing that. Had meant to keep this account to pure academia, with politics, etc, restricted to Twitter. I'm just glad I hadn't used that app to make a lot of posts yet...

Today is the day. Within the next 6 hours or so, I'll be submitting my PhD thesis. It's been a long, hard road. Glad to finally reach the end of it.

So I guess it's time for .

Hi everyone. I'm Liam, a PhD candidate in Consumer Privacy and Associate Lecturer in Marketing at The University of Queensland. I'll be submitting my thesis at the end of the month. I'm a board member of both Electronic Frontiers Australia, and the Australian Privacy Foundation.

I've been active on Twitter for years, and I expect I'll continue to be going forward, but I figured it was about time I saw what all the fuss was about with Mastodon.

Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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