@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
I use a auto-mirror service (crossposter.masto.donte.com.br), 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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