Not entirely decided on instance yet, I'll see how things pan out. Working well enough here so far, but Octodon also looks good.

I'll say, this makes for a change when your birdfeed is increasingly finance people.

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OK, so just learnt we can "defederate" instances. Good.

But this isn't realistic on the long-term: harassment mitigations and other things like that are a full-time job, almost 24/7.

Also, the "mail-address" model creates some issues, in the end:
- lack of possibility to easily find contact
- strong issues with identity theft (see how @numerama solved this issue - OK, that's also part of the federation "pros")

Anyway, this is looking better overall than I anticipated.

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The email analogy of how this works made by @munin makes a lot of sense to me, but also suggests we may see a lot of consolidation and professionalisation in instance providers if people do keep on joining. The hobby/donation model will only take you so far.

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@sonya @johnhenry Honestly, most of the criticisms are exactly congruent to how email is handled - and we all use email all the time.

Certain email servers block all email from certain other servers for various reasons; email addresses are not 'portable' to other servers, etc.

Why is this acceptable for email but not for social media?

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Mastodon's federation introduces UX challenges.

One that worries me a lot is about message forgery. Anyone can forge a twoot, even cross-server.

Whereas Twitter Inc might be trustworthy enough to not forge transcripts. Anyone can run a Mastodon server and might want to abuse it to influence people (see Russian troll campaigns).

Should Mastodon "home servers" cryptographically sign updates? Should there be end-to-end signatures? Anyone has thoughts on this?

Should Mastodon really be called GNU/Mastodon?

Sooo, bots, there must be some cool Markov bots around here, right?

@milan Just a heads-up: The signup notification got spam-canned for me (Outlook).

Incidentally, what happens to your account if and when your instance decides to shut down for some reason?

My understanding right now is there could be, say, a dozen NYtimes accounts on different instances?

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So, I use Twitter for a very large part of my media diet. If this is to be a viable replacement I guess there'll need to be some way to know certain accounts are the real deal. Beyond them being here in the first place, ofc.


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