What do you LOVE about Mastodon?

I love:

  1. The users/community
  2. That it is a viable alternative to twitter for me
  3. That it had so many people on there
  4. That the development is community funded
@inwardpath@lemmy.ml
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The instance I am on has been far more enjoyable to engage with than any other platform I’ve been on. The instance is well admin’d and moderated and in general just keeps a good atmosphere around. I have soured on almost all other social media. I also like the opinionated choices that the software makes regarding what features they bring in and purposefully leave out.

Also, the very first time I joined it, it turned into a ghost town- but the 2nd time, a couple of years ago- it’s been alive and well ever since and has become a viable alternative now.

@yogthos@lemmy.ml
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I find Mastodon is strictly better than Twitter at this point. The UI shows more useful info with the column layout, and feels snappier because it doesn’t have ads and trackers baked in. Meanwhile, federation means that you don’t have a single entity deciding what goes for everybody. Anyone can make their own community and run it any way they like. I also find that the federation model results in smaller and friendlier communities around shared interests.

In general, I think that it’s really important to decommericalize social media. Commercial platforms exist to monetize the users, and they ultimately don’t have user interests at heart. These platforms have been shown to be invasive and unhealthy, they use opaque methods to curate content, and they tend to work closely with governments.

Platforms like Mastodon and Lemmy have none of the problems associated with commercial ones because they don’t aim to monetize the users of the platform. Open source projects are developed by the users for the users. There is no incentive to keep users constantly engaged, push ads, or track users. This creates a drastically different user experience that’s not designed to exploit the user and turn them into a commodity.

One simple example is that Mastodon allows you to disable notifications for likes and retoots, you can just ignore them completely. So you can just see when people reply to your posts and actually interact with you. This small change makes a huge difference in the experience. And this is precisely the kind of feature that simply can’t exist on a service like Twitter because that would result in lower engagement.

There’s now a whole federation of such open source services using ActivityPub, and I really think it’s the future of social media. The federation is inherently decentralized, with servers being run by regular people across the globe. You can find communities that focus on your particular interests, and there’s no single entity deciding how the platform should work for everybody. This approach is also more resilient to censorship as servers are located in many countries across many different jurisdictions. This is precisely the way internet was originally meant to work before it got commercialized and turned into the nightmare that it is today.

Resynth
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Hi yogthos, nice to see you on Lemmy :-) I’ve been following you for a while on the 'verse.

Definitely agree with your point on monetisation. Unlike when I used to use Twitter, I don’t feel forced to post something on Mastodon. There aren’t any dark patterns (e.g. ‘X liked your post’ notifications). Overall it feels a lot nicer to use :-)

One thing I’ll say for Twitter, though: the #JavaScript community on Mastodon is pretty shit compared to Twitter. I definitely miss some people from Twitter (Dan Abramov, etc.), and the #JavaScript tag is barely active.

I know that isn’t really a fault with Mastodon, but I just thought I’d point it out. I see twitter.activitypub.actor, but that does virtually nothing.

Agree with your point on disabling certain types of notifications. I disable ‘favourite’ notifications because they bloat up my feed, and sadly I can’t find any clients which batch notifications.

One thing I do worry about is: what’s stopping the fediverse from turning into email v2? In theory, any company can come along, use a popular open format, encourage centralisation onto their platform, then disable federation.

The fediverse is obviously going to get more and more popular as time goes on, so I also wouldn’t be surprised if known brands started to advertise on it.

Platforms like Plausible do, and some people think it’s spam. I personally think grassroot organisations should be on the fediverse, but there we go.

I’m also waiting until I can follow Lemmy users from Mastodon…

Oh hey, good to see you here as well :)

And I ended up making a bot that can mirror Twitter to Mastodon that might be of interest if you want to see stuff from Twitter Js community on Mastodon.

Regarding email v2, I think we’re kind of already in that scenario now. All the major social media sites are walled gardens. The reason fediverse took off in the first place is because a lot of people want a decentralized and social media open platform. Now that it exists I don’t think it’s going to go away.

Also agree that I’d like to see grassroots orgs use fediverse. I actually ended up writing a bit on the subject in the we must own our tools article.

Following Lemmy from Mastodon will be pretty neat. I’m hoping you’d be able to follow communities as well and treat that like you newsfeed.

Resynth
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I did have a reply drafted, but Lemmy seems to have obliterated it. Anyhow, here goes.

Thanks for the link! I inquired with the administration team @ botsin.space, and they seem to be relatively open to creating personal Twitter mirrors :-)

Regarding email v2, I think we’re kind of already in that scenario now. All the major social media sites are walled gardens. The reason fediverse took off in the first place is because a lot of people want a decentralized and social media open platform. Now that it exists I don’t think it’s going to go away.

Oh no, it’s definitely not going to go away, thankfully. I can see fedi becoming the mainstream, and the effects of that could theoretically harm the platform…

Also agree that I’d like to see grassroots orgs use fediverse. I actually ended up writing a bit on the subject in the we must own our tools article.

Just read your article; I really like your writing style, and how you convey concepts like the fediverse to ordinary people. Do you have a write.as?

Following Lemmy from Mastodon will be pretty neat. I’m hoping you’d be able to follow communities as well and treat that like you newsfeed.

Yeah, but sadly fedi with Mastodon doesn’t seem to be a priority (according to the developers) :/

Thanks, glad you to hear you enjoyed the article, and I’ve been meaning to set up write.as at some point but haven’t had the time to do more writing. Might set it up at some point and put my newsletter articles there.

And yeah it looks like there won’t be fediration with Mastodon in the near future, but sounds like we’ll get there eventually.

Platforms like Mastodon and Lemmy have none of the problems associated with commercial ones because they don’t aim to monetize the users of the platform.

This also means the developers or those running an instance might run into money problems and be cheaper for someone to buy to sell their data.

That’s true, but that still requires making deal with each instance operator on case by case basis. With a centralized platform you get access to the whole network all at once. I do think that it would be good to have some sort of a crowd funding model for ensuring that instance operators are able to operate without needing to resort to something like selling user data. At the end of the day it’s a question of creating the right incentives.

Arden
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Approachable people, it’s a great community to find people around the 'verse.

Pretty easy moderation tools for your own timeline so you can block who yo uneed to, and CWs etc

I like the fun bots people make to experiment with, eg Tartan Generator, Levels Checker. I just made my own first bot to try it out which is a port of a specific function of a discord bot I made earlier (@ruemorgue@botsin.space, yeah even bots have their own instance heh), and that bots are clearly marked.

Everyone seems pretty friendly, there’s a good amount of technical resources on the technology instance, feeds are not manipulated by anyone but the user, and most of all it lacks the dread-inducing background radiation of worshipping corporate overlords that exists on Twitter, Facebook, etc

Mastodon has mostly a better usability compared to pleroma or friendica. The latter ones are usable, but sometimes a bit cumbersome to use

I found lot of open and friendly people on Mastodon and not only bot.

Do you have any recommendations on how to find friendly/interesting people? My local/federated timeline is mostly trash.

Resynth
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Check out communitywiki.org/Trunk if you need people to follow

Resynth
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Also going through the Explore page helps me :-)

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