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(Columbia Journalism Review)   Journalists attempt to migrate from Twitter to Mastodon, discover why site is named after something that has been extinguished   (cjr.org) divider line
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1281 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 20 Nov 2022 at 2:45 AM (11 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-11-19 11:32:45 PM  
I promised on Twitter to write a replacement site this weekend while drinking a case of beer.

I'm half way through one of those goals.

/ mission 1/4 accomplished?
 
2022-11-20 1:36:27 AM  
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2022-11-20 1:37:02 AM  
They'll get over it
 
2022-11-20 2:23:04 AM  
Mastodon is a dangerous alternative for folks reporting risky information.

While Twitter "proper" had safeguards due to the centralized nature of the servers.
Mastodon has the exact opposite. Random servers catering to your perspective.
Each server is a breeding ground for malware and surreptitious monitoring.
 
2022-11-20 3:13:20 AM  
oh no some random bcoking kiwiifarms whatever will we do aaaa where's the algorithm of our lives
 
2022-11-20 4:06:08 AM  
Sounds like the 45 or so servers that are blocking journalists are actually doing everyone a favor.  They are keeping their paranoia away from voyeur types who might mainstream their thoughts and thus create a vortex of suck.

Everyone needs to accept that there's no requirement in life to be generally loved by all.  It takes decades of work and being on the outside and not caring about being ignored or ostracized, to get to the point that people cherish someone.  Think Jimmy Carter, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson.

If people don't want media types crawling over their stuff, fine.  Media types need to understand they aren't universally loved.  Being pissy over a minute number like 45 in 7000 is very childish
 
2022-11-20 5:25:09 AM  
If you can't operate Mastodon, you don't deserve an internet. Also, use a browser.
 
2022-11-20 6:00:33 AM  
Well nature and the internet abhor a vacuum so right now people are looking for the next big thing to move to. Something will pop up in the next year and Twitter will join myspace friendster and the rest in the retirement home.
 
2022-11-20 7:33:16 AM  
Now would be a good time for Drew to release Chitter. TFD wrapped in a shiny new app with a cute squirrel logo and posts can be called "Nuts". $10/month gets you a logo with bigger nuts next to your name. You'd have people everywhere "Nutting" like crazy and the cash would come rolling in.
 
2022-11-20 8:26:22 AM  
Mastodon is going through growing pains right now.  LOTS of people are joining and finding their way around.  If this had been the original popular social platform and Twitter was the "little brother," there would be lots of teeth-gnashing and "OMG, this really sucks" comments as users tried out Twitter.

That said, I'm finding lots of good content on Mastodon.  It's not the same, but I'm finding myself enjoying that site more and more.
 
2022-11-20 8:31:57 AM  
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2022-11-20 8:31:58 AM  
Love the author's self-deprecation about "prominent journalists".

"At last count, the server, called journa.host, had about thirteen hundred users, including some prominent journalists (and me). "
 
2022-11-20 8:34:59 AM  
Journalists hate it when people tell them to do better. A lot of folks have become quite comfortable being essentially PR and even outright propaganda, and how DARE the masses tell them that they don't want that sh*t there!

Our media has suffered for the last twenty years or so. It's not about news, it's about 'narrative' and when you go into posting stories that have a particular slant and eventual denouement, you're not really participating in journalism, you are essentially telling stories that might be true, if seen from a particular point of view, maybe. Or outright lies and sensationalism that is supposed to scream "PAY ATTENTION TO ME!" as opposed to actually delivering news or content.

Our media has grown complacent being given stories and instructions on how to put them together, and who to target, without any actual input but their own delivery, and even that is scripted. It's resulted in a lazy media who just want someone to do it for them. And it's gonna be rough for folks who can't adapt and actually DO the stuff that they were actually trained to do, back in the day, when they had dreams.
 
2022-11-20 11:11:45 AM  
This helpful article explains (in layman's terms) how Mastodon works and how it is different than Twitter. Maybe those irritated journalists should read it.
https://www.popsci.com/diy/mastodon-tips/
 
2022-11-20 12:31:34 PM  

coffeetime: Mastodon is going through growing pains right now.  LOTS of people are joining and finding their way around.  If this had been the original popular social platform and Twitter was the "little brother," there would be lots of teeth-gnashing and "OMG, this really sucks" comments as users tried out Twitter.

That said, I'm finding lots of good content on Mastodon.  It's not the same, but I'm finding myself enjoying that site more and more.


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2022-11-20 3:57:51 PM  
Wouldn't be that bad a time to attempt to revive Google+.
 
2022-11-20 10:43:17 PM  
My site is BASTARDON.  Everybody is welcome, everybody is wrong, and I ban and delete people at my pleasure.
 
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