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If anyone here has Radio 4 access, my latest play (which is fucking INSANE) goes out today at 2.15pm GMT. All feedback welcome. It'll be on iPlayer shortly after broadcast. And I advise listening on headphones if you can. bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08kvnfg

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So, can someone explain to me why people who don't like posts about politics can't just not follow people who post about politics?

Genuine question. Because I do feel that the stakes are society itself, and the life or death of millions, and I do feel that OStatus/GNU Social could and should play an important role in this.

A civil discussion on this would be appreciated.

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So does anyone want to design an octodon.social "tribe" badge? I'd like to have something to stick over my profile pic to declare my allegiance...

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Learning the ropes here by experimentation. Really like what I see. The Octodon empire is growing fast :)

Happy to call Octodon home. Excited to see how it will grow bit by byte.

Support Octodon's growth with your donation if you can and help build an empire at Alice Voidstar's

patreon.com/CobaltVelvet

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@Rushyo Plus, I think there's other ways to mitigate fakes, but they require a certain level of public awareness. News sites could run their own instances, so if Tom Brokaw isn't tooting from @brokaw@nbc.com, you know they're a fake. An instance could host celeb accounts and offer verification services, so the domain is the validation, not some checkmark. It's a different way of thinking about social networking, but probably a healthier/more sustainable one in the long run.

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It's kinda weird to think about a social network where businesses own their own presences, rather than relying on a capricious third party service like Twitter or Facebook. Imagine NBC or The Verge running a Mastodon instance for their reporters to toot from, or Bethesda operating an instance for PR and customer support. No more lost business when Facebook changes their algorithms again because they need more money from boosted posts.

Weird, right?

My only rules are: be useful, interesting or funny. Ideally all three.

Another question... when I go to follow someone on another instance sometimes it happens instantly as if they're on the same instance (but they're not) and sometimes you have to do a couples of extra steps (Follow Remotely) indicating your own full identity+instance. Why?

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Twitter was, and still is, conceptually fascinating - like broadcast television for the 21st century. Constant stream of channels to choose from in real-time. The timeline and mention changes have turned it into little more than a Facebook competitor. The monetisation issue always seemed to have an obvious solution in ecommerce. Thankfully Mastodon is fundamentally divorced from VC startup culture.

Top tip: Check out Amaroq Mastodon app on iOS. Very good. There will be others for sure but Amaroq works a treat.

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I am not reading comments on Hacker News because I pretty much remember all the various sentiments from my first "Show HN", and I do not have the energy to also answer questions there

But as others have pointed out, these are all nice problems to have. I am so happy that people are finally using my work at large. <3

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No matter how many forms it takes, no matter how many times I've seen it over so many years, the emergence of spontaneous order out of chaos still gets me in the feels

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Okay, with another influx of new people, here is again my article "Welcome to Mastodon: Here is what's different and why it's better" medium.com/@Gargron/welcome-to (I am working on a better in-UI onboarding process)

OK, I know nothing so help me out here. Am I right in thinking it's possible to have multiple identical usernames across all instances? How does that work for identity usability?

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We wouldn't have an alternative to the bird site without 8 years of dedicated work by GNU Social. I'm very worried about the fact that we lack the imagination to conceive of a world beyond capitalism, and this is why the work of the socialist movement is so important today.

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