Mastodon.social has opened as an open source open platform rival to to twitter.
Rather than gripe at the frustrating changes to twitter, which seemed to be designed to alienate users, Eugen Rochko has established an open source alternative, Mastodon.social.
I brought all my friends to Twitter back in the day. I kept promoting it to everybody I knew. I really loved the service. But it continuously made decisions that I didn’t like. So in the end I decided that maybe Twitter itself is not the way to go forward.
And it is growing like crazy.
To fund he has set up an account on Patreon, and so far, crowdfunding is keeping pace with the growth.
Mastodon Social is only one instance or node, there are many, with Mastodon coordinating.
The latest change on twitter is to remove who you are replying to from your tweet. Yes, this may save a few characters, but you may not wish to reply to everyone.
Mastodon has 150 characters as opposed to 140 characters of twitter.
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Personally I do not have too much of a problem with twitter, apart from the niggling irritating changes they keep making. I do have a problem with facebook and Medium, especially since the enclosure of the Medium commons.
The main site, or instance or node, appears not to be working.
I tried two more, same problem.
It was recommended I try
It worked, I am registered.
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But what is my account, how do I tell people, how do I communicate with others?
The main interface is an unbelievable pig’s ear.
Has nothing been learnt from twitter?
This needs to be greatly simplified, otherwise it will never take off.
I may of course be wrong. I find it kludgy, others like it for the greater control.
Maybe I will get used to it.
It would appear my account
Does this then replicate across the other instances?
I tried my first tweet.
Which wordpress fails to display, although Medium does.
One criticism, if post a link, does not display the link and image.
Yes, can click on details, but would be better to display, as anyone who sees, can see at a glance, worth further attention.
If message posted on one node, I assume propagates through the network.
What if node where registered is down? How does one send massages, access messages?
Does this imply have to be registered on multiple nodes, but then would not have multiple IDs?
I found, registered on one node, did not grant me access to another node.
Messages will propagate through the system, if node has set preference to be federated, otherwise will act as an isolated island.
It has been proposed the p2p community for a coop.
Yes, good idea a coop, but I understand the reservations if enacted by p2p as not p2p.
Therefore this is what I propose.
- Catalonia #Mastodon #platformcoop #instance
- fair coin and fair card
Once up and running, citizen-controlled Town Halls such as Madrid also establish a coop.
This would serve for all their messaging, plus part of the wider network.
In Athens and Heriklion they have established autonomous markets, have coop structure, use fair coins and fairpay card. Establish coops for their own comms, plus available to the wider network.
DiEM25 establish a coop for their comms and part of the wider network.
Enric Duran, has also suggested FairCoop members have servers, which is a great idea, as could then also serve as their comms network and form part of the wider network. I have asked that Enric circulate these ideas.
This fits with my ideas of networks within networks, one network forms the node of the next network.
It also challenges rigid hierarchies, be they EU, Big Government or Big Business, and provides alternatives.
Next we need an open source alternative for Medium.
Medium may not have been designed as a commons, but it is functioning as a de facto commons.
Now, without any consultation with the commoners, the writers and readers, Ev Williams decided to charge for access.
In doing so, he has alienated many of the commoners.
It would appear Ev Williams would rather act for the Vulture Capitalists than the commoners.
Many of the commoners have expressed a desire for an alternative to Medium, Mastodon.social would appear to point in the right the direction of travel.
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