Is it me or... we had a moment when Mastodon was in a lot of conversations re:twitter. Now we're having a moment where twitter is heavily criticised (trump, moderation, blue checkmarks), but I see almost no mentions of Mastodon as a simple alternative?
(and I don't believe it's because *these people* already left to Mastodon)
@yhancik Mastodon could be a solution, but it is not simple social-infrastructure-wise, and therefore, not simple for the user.
Mastodon is likely to attract the same type of bad people as Twitter does, or be attacked with spam, etc.
With Mastodon, users have to be much more engaged, support their instance, run their own instance, find their friends online, etc. Twitter is a commercial service that "does it all for you."
Decentralization itself doesn't solve most of Twitter's issues.
@despens yup these are good points indeed.
The underlying technology, centralised or not, won't be a solution. Still, I see a lot of people being unhappy with the way things work now, and they don't have much choice except tagging @email@example.com or deleting their account. I think exploring alternatives would be an empowering, fun adventure. Even if it doesn't work out, I think they would learn a lot from it, or even just that alternatives are possible and the social web complicated ;)
Octodon is a nice general purpose instance.