Stop mirroring your Twitter account to the fediverse, especially these retweets of a single picture without any caption or comment.

We used to say the Web had shrunk to four websites where people posted only screenshots from the other three, let's not add a fifth one to that dumpster fire.

@jkb I actually don't agree with this purely for the reason that making Mastodon seem like a viable Twitter replacement without asking users to also drop all of their tweets, content, followers, etc makes Mastodon more likely to succeed as a mainstream project rather than a relatively fringe one.


@aredherring Posting the same content on multiple places is fine, it's automatic mirroring that irks me because it has basically no value unless you follow the link and go to Twitter

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@jkb Makes sense. As mentioned, I wish it was a bit more natural than just a mirror - something like a Twitter mastodon instance, where you could interact with Twitter LIKE it was Mastodon. Then it would become Just Another Content Hub.

Of course, this would eat into Twitters ad revenue so it'll never happen, but a man can dream

@jkb @aredherring Not sure I follow -- why would automatic vs manual mirroring matter?

I use a auto-mirror service (, and the posts are generally full of the same content I'd post on twitter.

AFAIK the only time there's a link to twitter is if the twitter post has a link to a twitter url (Including quote-replies) or plain retweets (which include the content, as well as the URL for the retweeted source).

@atrus Manual cross-posting means you select the content you want to share elsewhere, and you may add a bit of effort on top of that (captioning pictures or adding content warnings). Automatic mirroring is indiscriminate and will happily copy everything regardless of relevance.

My complaint was triggered by a toot that was a simple "RT some @ Twitter", including a single image, uncaptioned, uncommented, vague in context, with a broken link as the original tweet was deleted in the meantime.

@jkb other then the broken link due to deletion -- the original was probably just as vague and confusing. That sounds like the system working as designed.

That does make me wonder if cross-post tools need a way to detect and react to deletion though.

(blaugh, sorry about the re-writes, mobile typing)

@atrus As someone suggested in the replies: the ideal would be an actual gateway between Twitter and the fediverse, something that would allow an actual interaction instead of having only a snapshot copy of some content. It's extremely unlikely this will ever happen, though.

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