Mastodonnas: The following thread is for the benefit of Twitter users. Forgive me, because you already know this stuff.

(Trivia: I’m tooting all this on a Virgin Atlantic flight to London. Imagine a plane tooting its way through the air 💨💨💨✈️ like farts, but with the emoji facing left, dammit.

Having said that, I have no idea which way the emoji face on your platform.)


Twitter users: let’s talk about why Mastodon’s nice.

This is a Mastodon toot. Unlike a Twitter tweet, there’s room for up to 500 characters.
It may not seem like a huge difference, but after Twitter, it’s like standing up straight after being bent over in a low-ceilinged room for 10 years.

Even after typing this line, I still have room left over for an entire tweet.

Oh, the complete thoughts I can express!


Twitter threads were always a terrible idea. You may have read some great ones, but face it. It’s like a terrible squinty version of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video, about as accessible, usually makes even less sense. Lines get broken up, and misunderstood, and you get replies to fragments. You Don’t Need A URL For Every Half-Sentence.

In a Mastodon thread, every message in a thread can be a complete paragraph. A whole thought. Oh my god, I can read again.


(I hate, hate, HATE the way that Twitter makes it so easy to take words out of context, the length forcing you to take you complex thoughts and whittle them down until they’re sharp spikes ready to go into your own foot - Twitter has broken down all barriers to communication and caused More And Bloodier Wars than any other social network in the history of creation.)


@yoz Hey, yoz. This one is the last in your thread I can see over he on Octodon. When I go to I see that not only did you write the full 8 (or rather 9) toots in the thread, but also a lot more that I can't see over here. I only see a total of 6 of your posts here!

Feeling like the whole purpose of federation has been lost here. :( But hoping it's just a temporary bug :)

@forteller Yeah, that sounds weird. I don't have anywhere near enough familiarity with either the protocol or codebase to be able to diagnose, unfortunately.

(Also, I was only just pinged about your reply to Sonya, Bryan et al, despite you making that post 2 hours ago.)


@yoz Huh. That's no good at all. Bugs like that could ruin the whole federation effort. I'm sure it'll get fixed, but is there someone we can @ to notify about stuff like this?

Another weird thing (read: bug) is this (look at the timestamps)

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