I use #Zettelkasten http://zettelkasten.danielluedecke.de/ to write and organize my text. From there, I export to #Markdown https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markdown and convert with #pandoc http://pandoc.org/index.html, #pandoc-citeproc https://hackage.haskell.org/package/pandoc-citeproc using a #Makefile to convert to the final #LaTeX https://www.latex-project.org/ document. tbc...
Concerning the interface: I don't like it either. There is another instance called https://halcyon.social/ that appears a lot more like Twitter or Quitter.
Subway Tooter is an Android app https://github.com/tateisu/SubwayTooter that I got recommended by @socrates , the admin of my instance. It has the feature to have more than four slots that can be arranged in desired order - or deleted.
I agree, that's a problem. But for me the choice to register on "scholar.social" was that I heard it should be a place for scholars to meet. So, it was the dedication of the instance that attracted me.
Then, the question might be not which individual to follow but to visit another instance with a certain dedication or character that promises to be interesting. Like a club or bar you go to because you hope to meet interesting people.
As I understand the logic here it is neccessary to have some people follow you from other instances and then appear in the timelines of those instances with toots of high visibility. As most people follow back you'll soon could have an instance overlapping bubble and are visible on the federated timelines. From this point on communication offers can start.
My approach here was to first look up user names I knew from Twitter and follow those I found.
Not sure what you mean with functions equally well compared to Twitter. I agree, Twitter failed as there is little discussion, more vain one way postings and a lot of negative vibes. Would you say it is a question of technology and UX/UI to make Masto work or one of social contracts and rules of usage?
I must say that 500 chars can lead to discussions based on arguments not on statements. That's a great chance here compared to Twitter.
@bgcarlisle Have a look at this one, looks like they're up to something new:
Want to help improve the instance picker at https://instances.mastodon.xyz/ ?
There are two ways of doing so,
Update your instance' info:
And give general feedback here, just remember to read the other responses first:
#Matrix provides some kind of meta-protocol to integrate various services. Thus, you get a single "home" for your social communication.
Mattermost is great for getting projects organized and things done. Compared to Slack it is not yet that feature-rich. I use it for communication with colleagues as well as with students. #FLOSS
Good read: "Open Source Friday" wants to remind employees to contribute: https://opensource.com/article/17/6/open-source-friday-give-back
A good initiative as I think. And it could be adopted for the educational context as well: Teachers could remind students every week to contribute to the net as they build their knowledge on the open web every day. They could file an issue on GitHub or add to Wikipedia or write a blogpost. Many opportunities exist.