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Okay, the Mastodon mobile web app is actually amazing. And it allows me to use multiple instances just by clicking 'add to homescreen' on each site! I'll still keep Tusky around, but for now this may become my preferred method of Maston'ning (🤔) on mobile.

The entire VC, tech, and MBA world goes apeshit over the hypothetical decentralisation that the blockchain might offer. Meanwhile Mastodon is built using plain old Ruby on Rails, and a truckload of HTTP.

Feature idea for search results: If two accounts have the same local name, highlight the one with the most recent toot in its timeline.

I am not sure if I understand why people complain about "someone can use my name on this other instance" when... it's the same way email is handled. >_>

Is there a way to look up the admin(s) of a Mastodon server?

Mastodon tip: if you have the same local name on multiple servers, put the display names of secondary accounts in parentheses.

I have the facts to back it up


Look for yourself. Trust me, there's no "big networks" in hiding besides Freenode. And that's 80k users. Mastodon has about 130k as of this writing.

There are more people using Mastodon today than any IRC network. Just think about /that/ one.

While some folks can be a bit screamy in their virtue-signalling, I am increasingly impressed with the number of people I see on Mastodon/Ostatus having open-minded, non-confrontational, logical, and even courteous-if-not-friendly discussions from divergent places on various social and political spectrums.

That's just plain fucking inspiring.

I wrote an article about some of the protocols underneath StatusNet, and I plan to write more in the near future.


“boosted toots” still sounds corny to me ;-)

Any theories as to why Mastodon is more successful than pump.io?

Question: GNU social uses XMPP, but Mastodon doesn’t?

Are there any plans to make messages within a federated(!) group truly private? Can’t conceive how that could be done technically – without introducing a separate channel where messages reach others directly (i.e., similar to email).

I don’t think it’s that critical a feature, however.

I know you can animate your avatar on Mastodon, but please don’t – it’s really distracting.

Example of the media loving drama: The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung (not a tabloid paper!) reacts surprised to the Swedes moving on with their lives after the attack. One of their headlines after the London attack: “The terror is back in London”

Mastodon Bechdel test: Does your instance have:
- A non-bot talking to
- Another human about
- Something other than Mastodon?