@Gargron @IzzyOnDroid @dukethereal @yesfreenet

To be fair, there are interactive EU accounts, @EC_OSPO does reply to toots.

The EU has factions who are really keen on the Fedi as the way forward (that's why they set up EU servers!), but other factions who think they should only use Twitter/Facebook etc.

We ought to support the pro-Fedi factions by engaging with the server's accounts constructively (including constructive criticism), and show the EU why Fedi is better than Twitter/Facebook.

If you're currently on a massive server like mastodon.social, you might want to consider moving your account to a smaller server.

You can keep your followers when you change servers, here's how to do it: mstdn.social/@feditips/1079394

You can find reliable servers at joinmastodon.org/communities (all the servers listed there agree to the covenant at joinmastodon.org/covenant). Try to pick one with fewer people.

There are lots of good things about smaller servers:

-Better moderation, because there are more staff per member.

-Smaller servers tend to have more personality, with a village feel.

-The local timeline on smaller servers is much more readable.

-Smaller servers protect the Fediverse as a whole from being taken over, because lots of smaller servers are harder to buy than a few big servers.

-It's easier to make a difference on smaller servers. It's easier to discuss things with the admin and other members.

#FediTips #MastoTips #Fediverse #Mastodon

the only way i'd be happy living in a metaverse would be if it was open source. after all, earth isn't open source, i don't think god even has a github

I thought about it and probably if it wasn't for Mastodon's dumb exclusive advertising I would've joined the Fediverse earlier.
Like many others my first contact with the existence of the Fediverse was Mastodon. I only knew Mastodon existed, Mastodon is the main #1 thing. I kind of saw the term Fediverse around and its wikipedia page but my brain kind of ignored the possibility of joining an instance running something different, since I had the impression Mastodon is the only one worth(?I think?).
Either way Mastodon was never appealing to me, I wasn't a fan of it, so I didn't join. (if curious, this is partly because Mastodon seemed to try to be heavily inspired by the experience/atmosphere of Twitter, while somehow seeming duller than it, which I didn't appreciate too much).

If right from the beginning I was introduced to this as the Fediverse being this general network which offers me multiple flavours of server software I can try, each being well advertised and showcased too AND it was clear it didn't matter which I joined, there would be more chances I would've joined earlier, when I first heard about all of this.

This interconnection and variety of choice is fun and appealing! It is a cool novelty into itself and its full potential should be shown off, instead of mentally locking new users into Mastodon. Or at least this is what I think and what I would value myself.

and, well, for the record, the first time I joined fedi was the time I learned about Pleroma and the fact I don't miss anything if I join it vs joining a Masto instance.

Gargron really should start telling the journalists that the "MaStOdOn NeTwOrK" is actually the fediverse and contains more than mastodon.. its super misleading and only confuses newcomers more if they discover stuff like pixelfed, peertube, misskey, funkwhale and whatnot

but i guess he has to roll the marketing thing more and more, as if mastodon wasn't already the dominant software on the fediverse

mastodon user: welcome to Mastadon!
pleroma user: I'm not on Mastodon but thanks!
mu: โ€ฆ whot
pu: I'm on Pleroma
mu: what's that
pu: another piece of software like Mastodon that's part of fedi
mu: what's fedi?
pu: short for the fediverse
mu: the fediwhatnow?
pu: uhh โ€ฆ the thing we're talking over
mu: but this is The Mastadonโ„ข Networkยฎ
pu: โ€ฆ you're interacting with the fediverse through Mastodon while in I'm interacting with the fediverse though something called Pleroma
mu: you mean there are more options?
pu: yep
mu: and they interoperate?
pu: for the most part, yes
mu: why doesn't anyone make that clearer?
pu: we try to
mu: I mean why are the alternatives not mentioned on Mastodon's homepage? Open software projects usually list some alternative options somewhere on their website in case this one doesn't work well for you
pu: yes but branding and marketshare and money
mu: I thought Mastodon wasn't supposed to be like that
pu: welcome to Mastadon

Fedi is the most strange thing in the world.

On normal social media, you write a message and people just ignore it forever.

Here, you write a message, it stays ignored for 1 or 2 years, and then all of a sudden, for no reason, with no explanation, someone finds it somehow, boosts it, and it gets 200 likes and 120 boosts.

What the fuck.

I'm sure someone will boost this message in 2021 or 2022.
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