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I really wish the only ActivityPub project that took off encouraged discussions more, and not be that “Twitter” centered. However I follow interesting people who post interesting stuff. You can easily filter anything you don’t want by signing up on an instance relevant to your interests.

Want to share your profile? What do you post about?

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    I do but my activity followed the same path as my activity on twitter did: being interested because it’s new, follow a buttload of people, lose interest, only log in every once in a while, be overwhelmed by the count of missed posts, lose interest completely. Besides that my general activity and interest in social media went to zero pretty much. I found it to be too much of a waste of time.

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      be overwhelmed by the count of missed posts, lose interest

      You shouldn’t monopolise your thoughts/time with other peoples’ anyway. What I do is having a mastodon tab pinned, and only check it out when I feel like it.

      Besides that my general activity and interest in social media went to zero pretty much

      That’s understandable. Mastodon is the only “social media” site I use, and mainly for finding new people to publicly or privately talk to. I like finding new ideas and cool people.

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        You shouldn’t monopolise your thoughts/time with other peoples’ anyway.

        Exactly that’s what I’m telling myself. Especially on Twitter and Mastodon that is a major problem as you can only filter via following or not following accounts. Either you read all of it or nothing. Filtering by hashtags only works as long as the accounts you follow tag their tweets/toots and use the exact tags you excluded. On Reddit for example I can filter by following subreddits that sound interesting and by blocking or not blocking accounts plus the additional voting system which (given the fact that other users following the same subreddit have some common sense) also counters “bad” content right away.

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          you can only filter via following or not following accounts

          You can also use regex to filter.

          Either you read all of it or nothing.

          You don’t need to get to ‘inbox zero’ with the fediverse, & aside from fern none of the clients that exist are even designed to make that straightforward. (Even with fern, you probably can’t, because the protocol isn’t designed to support it: if there are more than a few thousand messages in some timeline, even if you request all messages since a particular date, you will have your results truncated.)

          Because of that technical limitation, everybody basically treats it like twitter: they see whatever messages they happen to see when they happen to look at it, and miss everything else. That’s normal with a firehose system.

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      No.

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        I do, Mastodon replaced Twitter for me. I mean I still follow people on Twitter but most of my activity is on Mastodon now. It’s smaller community but fortunately there is plenty of tech people and artists out there. My account if anyone is interested in nerdy rambling and generative art.

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          https://cybre.space/@feoh - @feoh@cybre.space

          I love Mastodon. I find the content there to be a fascinating mix of FOSS folks and all kinds of idealogical wackos. Make for interesting discussions :)

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            cyber.space silenced my instance/account (@djsumdog@hitchhiker.social). I think you can specifically follow me, but none of my replies will show up on your public timeline nor will I appear in your federated timeline.

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              I know. We’ve discussed this before.

              See, this is one conceptual problem with Mastodon as it exists today. It’s distributed, which is awesome, but the cost for running your own instance is, or at least was when I last tried. Fairly high, both in terms of hardware / software and man hours required to set it up.

              So, as a result, I’m a guest in the cybre.space admin’s house. I’ve really enjoyed every conversation I’ve had with you, and really enjoy following your toots because I think they’re interesting, but I have zero context as to why they’ve banned you or what went on between you and them, and honestly? I don’t want/need to know.

              I live in their house. They have a beef with you. I’d prefer they didn’t because I’m generally a peace, love, and Jerry kind of guy, but I have zero control in this matter.

              IMO a next evolutionary step for this kind of distributed social media will be when the barriers are lowered FAR below where they are today, to the point where the only reason to not run your own instance is because you wouldn’t want to for some reason.

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                Agreed. Fortunately ActivityPub is so minimal that there are no technical reasons for the instance to take so much of hardware/human resources. I wrote a small proof of concept JavaScript ActivityPub server/client and the only server component is saving files (for statuses/toots) and forwarding to other instances. The rest is client side in the browser (including calculating HTTP Signatures). So I think the big instances are just Step 1 in Fediverse not the final state.

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                  Totally agree! Nice to hear something good about ActivityPub! It may not be perfect but I see a TON of potential there and I feel like we’re just starting to see it realized.

                  A Javascript implementation eh? :) Imagine when someone might be able to run their own instance on a Chromerook :)

                  Another aspect to this I think is that we’ll need to evolve a better way for people to have persistent compute resources to run them on.

                  I mean, not that running a digital ocean instance or whatever is particularly hard today, but you have to understand a lot about UNIX to do it.

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                    What’s missing here is something that other protocols (like e-mail) already have: services that let you have your own domain but they’ll handle the implementation details and if you don’t like them you just switch the provider while keeping your handle/e-mail the same. E-mail has MX records, various protocols use SRV, Mastodon tries to use WebFinger for delegation but ActivityPub as it is now doesn’t support it or even encourage it.

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                    I’m glad somebody’s doing this finally. I’ve been saying for years that the appropriate average number of users per instance is less than 2.

                    A lot of folks have been saying that lightweight single-person instances like we get on SSB aren’t viable not because of some essential complexity of the protocol but because the protocol assumes that every instance has a persistent domain name at which it can always or almost always be reached, & that intermittent connectivity will break the experience of remote users (and so we can’t, say, have everybody host their own instance on their phone & have the instance only be ‘on’ when they’re in range of wifi). Have you figured out a way to address that? Is it as big a problem as it seems?

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                      ActivityPub relies on HTTP so you need at least your profile page (“actor”) to be reachable via HTTP. It may be a static JSON file (with application/activity+json content type) but it needs to be there and all servers validate that. Of course I can imagine extending the protocol to support decentralized schemes but as for now it’s just not there.

                      I don’t actually mind that as I run HTTP server anyway and it has high uptime but your idea is interesting. I suggest bringing it to ActivityPub authors.

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              Yes. I’m @enkiv2@eldritch.cafe

              (I posted my contact in previous threads like this, but since I’ve moved around a bit, they may be out of date.)

              Pretty much everything I post on twitter gets mirrored over there, so a lot of posts are links to whatever I’m reading or watching at the moment & want to recommend. I also get into a lot of discussions about programming language design, interface design, hypertext, gopher, and xanadu.

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                No. I don’t feel comfortable using Mastodon until it is very easy to put my account on my own domain. Being tied to a host feels counter to the goals of federation. There are some hosted mastodon-on-your-domain systems, but they’re more expensive than I’m interested in paying. I plan on staying away from Mastodon until either:

                • accounts can be moved
                • it becomes very cheap to get a hosted version
                • it becomes trivial to run a self-hosted version
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                  I hear that pleroma is a lot easier to self-host than mastodon. Have you looked into that?

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                  See also:

                  For what it’s worth, I’m still at @nikola@mi.pede.rs. My posts are mostly a combo of computer stuff and music, politics, physics & some other stuff I’m into.

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                    I have:

                    For some reason not all my writefreely posts are showing up in the Mastodon client, but it does at least notionally work. I’m rewriting my own version using django, and the ActivityPub integration will probably disappear for a while when I change over. Still, it’ll be back when it’s ready.

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                      I’m at @tindall@cybre.space. I mostly post about weird things happening at my college and what I’m working on tech-wise.

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                        Yep - I don’t post there as much as I do on Twitter, but I’d like to change that… Mostly tech stuff and lots of boosts.

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                          Yup, I’m https://mastodon.social/@yogthos I mostly post about programming and tech with occasional humor.

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                            I joined a photography-based instance. I mostly post my own photos:

                            whjms@photog.social

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                                I used to have my stuff on mastodon.sdf.org but there are some.. very odd things in that timeline, so I stopped using it. I now use a private instance that my buddy runs: https://paddys.pub/@halfmanhalfdonut

                                I don’t use it much at all though.

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                                  I’ve had very nice discussions on the Fediverse, about all kinds of things (unlike on twitter). I’m also on a tiny, personal instance, so the local timeline is nigh useless, because its me, my bots, and a friend of mine.

                                  Nevertheless, I’m @algernon@trunk.mad-scientist.club, and I post about mechanical keyboards, their firmware, parenting, self-hosting things, and whatever else I feel like. There’s no real theme or purpose, it’s a loudspeaker I shout random things into, and sometimes people shout back and we have a great time.

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                                    I think that’s how I discovered the Dygma Raise project, which you’re kinda involved with. Hopefully they’ll manage to ship keyboards this quarter… 😁

                                    Mastodon’s nice for that. Of course, it could happen as well on Twitter, or Facebook, but I feel that I’ve discovered more things than on big advertisement silos, where the platform aims at maximizing buzz rather than serendipity.

                                    I’m oz@mastodon.social BTW.

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                                        Yes. @arrdem@cybre.space. I have an account on mastodon.social but am “migrating” it.

                                        Mostly a read channel to keep up with @technomancy and other folks who have understandable objections to Twitter.

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                                            One? Dozens!

                                            No, seriously. I have 3 distinct[0] ones that I originally used for different things. But again, activity has mostly died down and unlike Twitter I don’t even check them on a daily basis anymore.

                                            [0]: I’ve long had the small annoyance of mixing German and English tweets so I made 2 accounts on the fediverse, one for English stuff and one where I follow and interact with people who use predominantly German. Also my third account is for gaming stuff, which, like on Twitter/Blog/etc I have separated from my personal=tech stuff.

                                            English: https://mastodon.social/@wink German: https://chaos.social/@wink

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                                              My account is https://mastodon.sdf.org/@famicoman

                                              I like to put what I’m currently interested in or talking about in my little bio field. Right now it’s amateur radio, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, vintage computing, pbx/VoIP stuff, mesh networking, gopher, BGP, and additionally zines, decentralization, old protocols, solarpunk flirtations, other web junk and old hardware.

                                              Edit: Also, strangely, soup. One of my buddies in the UK and I share soup pictures, and argue about the definition of soup.

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                                                Yeah. I have an Ello account too.

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                                                  I’m @julienxx@mastodon.sdf.org and I mostly toot around programming, UNIXy stuff and gopher (not the mascot). I love the fediverse, met such awesome people there!

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                                                    https://niu.moe/@voodoologic

                                                    I’m going to keep using it b/c I’m creating my own private mastadon for friends and family.

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                                                      Yup, my main account these days is @cult@pony.social (I know, ponies, I enjoy it, don’t judge)

                                                      I post about a variety of topics, some memes, some politics, some tech, some personal. I enjoy it.

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                                                        Yep: https://icosahedron.website/@technomancy

                                                        I’ve been on for about two years and more or less completely ditched Twitter a year and a half ago. (I keep my account in order to occasionally remind people how much happier I’ve been since switching to the Fediverse and wonder aloud why they haven’t done the same.) I post about programming (largely game stuff; I try to avoid talking about the day job), custom keyboards, and free software for the most part.

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                                                          I have, but original content is mostly in Hungarian. (Or pictures, or links to my blog which is also in Hungarian…)

                                                          I could like it, but there is not enough activity of my interest, and the fact that whenever I tried to browse the public feed on instances I was overwhelmed with porn really set of from stepping out of my bubble. I simply don’t prefer to see naked people when I’m wearing my “social networking” hat. Also there is too much politics, as on twitter too…

                                                          If you still bother to have a glimpse: https://mastodon.social/@kodfodrasz

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                                                            Yea, hey I’m this guy: https://social.devanooga.com/@bobby

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                                                                https://toot.cafe/@soapdog

                                                                I post mostly about decentralization and coffee and Firefox stuff.

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                                                                  https://bikeshed.party/feld

                                                                  The future of ActivityPub/Fediverse is bright. You will see things you did not expect like an open source Snapchat replacement, use of WebRTC for live video/audio, etc.

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                                                                    I am cadey@mst3k.interlinked.me. I generally post what’s on my mind with a lot less of a filter than I use for Twitter. I feel a lot safer to speak my mind about potentially weird things on Mastodon/ActivityPub than I do on other social networks.

                                                                    I post about tech, shamanism, meditation, lojban and philosophy.

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                                                                      I’m @colindean@mastodon.social but I’ve not really crafted a feed worth following. I’ve drastically reduced my Twitter usage in the last 2+ years, no longer keeping a Tweetdeck tab open at all times. I’m more productive because I’m less distracted by the nexus of politics and technology that my Twitter feed started to become on November 6, 2016 and solidified on January ~20, 2017.

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                                                                        I use it everyday :) I mostly share retro computing and esoteric programming stuff!

                                                                        https://merveilles.town/@neauoire

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                                                                          @tomasino@mastodon.sdf.org - I post about gopher (A LOT). Command line stuff, keto, retro tech, books, and random life stuff. Come chat with me.

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                                                                            No, I think Twitter is better for my use case. I don’t follow anyone, have about ~10k followers and only post about updates or new releases of my software. It’s simply a news distribution platform for me.

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                                                                              Yes: https://icosahedron.website/@mikelynch - I’ve given up Twitter and it’s a lot less horrible. I post a mix of tech and work-related stuff (visualisation in D3 and ObservableHQ, some Haskell and Haskell-adjoint stuff, open data and open access), links about stuff I’m interested in, boosting my bots’ funnier outputs and general shitposting.

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                                                                                I have an account at https://wandering.shop/@phildini.

                                                                                I’m also the admin of the Wandering Shop, and giving a talk about Mastodon at PyCon US in Cleveland in a couple weeks.

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                                                                                  I have:

                                                                                  • @eitland@mstdn.io - tech (and low tech), security, opinions
                                                                                  • @blog@erik.itland.no - posts from my blog (so far it has been a mix of experimenting with open source, gotchas, a post about “Chrome applications” and a post about some good ideas from Google+.

                                                                                  Edit: and I agree and think twitter (but replicated) isn’t the thing we should try to create.

                                                                                  People do have many facets and I hope next gen ActivityPub clients will get better ux for following only some of the topics that a user posts about.

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                                                                                    I do! @captainepoch@cmpwn.com.

                                                                                    I post about general stuff, although I trend to post more about privacy and personal projects. Also, FOSS stuff and games.

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                                                                                      No Mastodon, no Twitter, no need.