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hey, here's a few thoughts from today

Hey friends,

Here's a few thoughts from today:

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Thoughts on Mastodon

I've been trying out Mastodon. People bill it as a "Twitter alternative." While there are some similarities, it's definitely its own thing.

Unlike Twitter, people run their own instances/servers (like mastodon.social or indiehackers.social). When you join an instance, your username gets associated with that server. Here's mine:

mijustin@mastodon.social

It's similar to an email (name@gmail.com, name@hotmail.com, etc).

You can still follow people on different servers (you find them in search), and see their posts.

Overall, I'm digging it.

It feels like the early internet (BBS, FidoNet, UseNet, Geocities, message boards). Joining a Mastodon instance is kind of like joining a Geocities "neighborhood" back in the day:

If you want to try out Mastodon, I recommend joining fosstodon.org or indiehackers.social (I'm on mastodon.social/ but it's become much slower with all the new people joining).

You can follow my at: mijustin@mastodon.social

You can follow Transistor at: transistor@podcastindex.social

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Content warnings

Mastodon has a feature for posts called "Content Warnings."

Mike McHargue explains it here:

"Content Warnings are a kindness. If you're part of the #twittermigration, it may seem strange the people use CWs so much here. But, CWs are really helpful. So much of our world is overwhelming, and feed presentation can bombard our nervous systems with triggers. CWs give people time and space to engage with that they have the resources to engage with. It gives them agency. I follow news and politics AND it's helpful for my PTSD to have the chance to take a deep breath *before* I see a post."

Here's an example:

This feature is interesting (especially in light of the conversations we've been having around negativity/pessimism online):

"So much of our world is overwhelming. Content Warnings give people time and space to engage with that they have the resources to engage with. It gives them agency."

I like how this implementation affirms both perspectives "I need to confront/share some (negative) realities with you," and "I need to protect my mental health from a constant stream of negativity."

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Good guides on Mastodon

Cheers,
Justin Jackson

Suite 1, 3000-30th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 2C1
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