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Hey all!I am researching on the topic of federation and more focused on Mastodon. I would really appreciate if you could answer to this question:
— What made you move to Mastodon?
Thank you so much for all the help you can give me, love, Pedro

@pedrosaclout Because I'm always going to geek out about how people communicate online, and I'm also a sucker for diy stuff - and this seemed worth exploring. I miss early versions of other social media where I wasn't trying to be all versions of my self at once.

@pedrosaclout

I got news that my GNU Social admin would be stepping down, so I made an account here on the #Funcafe just in case he couldn't find a replacement.

Don't worry though, he eventually got someone to host & maintain the instance (loadaverage.org)

I stayed because I deleted my account on the other place and didn't care enough to make it again.

@pedrosaclout I heard about it, and was really interested in what this new social media is.

@pedrosaclout Originally because some peers were talking about it & it sounded interesting. I spent a long time figuring out which instance to join. I ended up making my first account on another instance to connect with friends. I later learned about more focused instances like this one and made an account here for more academic-related things. People here are super welcoming and supportive of one another (even though you initially barely know them!); I'm most active on this instance nowadays.

@pedrosaclout
Well, I closed down all my social networks because I was really fed up of so much publicity, my data being exploited, lack off privacy and I had to really put a stop to using services that deliberately steal my "stuff" and says it's theirs! And I don't want to be told what I should like by anyone hidden behind stupid algorithms. And I didn't want to go on supporting big enterprises that exploit you and don't offer anything in return.

@pedrosaclout
Why Mastodon then? I love open source. It's federated. It has people behind the rules. There's no publicity. You choose what you want to see. There are no stupid algorithms. There are so many options for you to join. It's humane. There are real people checking things. You can have privacy because your data isn't being exploited. And I like to be connected with other people who have similar points of view on things and with others whose points of view are different too.

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