I tried to write as succinct a “How Mastodon is Different from (birdsite)” intro post …

I tried to write as succinct a “How Mastodon is Different from (birdsite)” intro post as I could. Not sure I got it right.

Suggestions for tightening or clarifying it are welcome!

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/08/consider-mastodon/

(Thanks @Canageek for the links to the 3 longer guides I included at the end.)

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You can broadly categorize social networks by four factors…

You can broadly categorize social networks by four factors:

1. How replies are handled
2. Whether you follow people/orgs or topics
3. Is it broadcast by default?
4. Is it one service or many?

More than whether the content is likely to be short text, long text, a photo, a video, or a link, these questions define the types of connections and types of interactions that people are going to have.

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/07/categorizing-social-networks/

On Wandering.shop

You can broadly categorize social networks, or really any communication software, based on four criteria.

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/07/categorizing-social-networks/

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Morbid wondering: food allergy death stats

An article on a recent incident where a college student died from peanut allergy got me thinking: most news stories about people dying from #anaphylaxis are about kids or teens. You rarely hear about a 40-year old or even 30-year-old dying from a #foodallergy. It happens (which is why I still carry an EpiPen everywhere), just not as often.

I couldn’t find any solid numbers, but wrote up some speculation in my blog: https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/07/age-food-allergy-death/

#allergies

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It occurs to me that the impending start of #SDCC is probably another factor in why I started thinking about this, as it’s coming up on 5 years since my “adventure” leaving Comic Con in an ambulance due to a peanut-laced mocha from a nearby cafe. I could’ve been one of those rare cases in my late 30s.

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After complaining about the ways people try to cram long form writing onto birdsite (giant …

After complaining about the ways people try to cram long form writing onto birdsite (giant threads & images of text remind me of the old tech support days when users pasted screen shots of errors into Word docs b/c it was the tool they knew) I realized I don’t see that so much on Mastodon.

I wonder if it’s the culture, just who I’m following, or if the 500-char limit gives people enough room that they don’t feel they’ve already writing a long chain, why not keep going?

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/07/long-form-twitter-why-oh-why/

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Long-Form Twitter: WHY OH WHY?

Long-Form Twitter

Twitter is suited for short statements and back-and-forth conversation.

It’s terrible for anything long-form.

Long Twitter threads and images filled with text remind me of the old tech support days when users would paste screen shots of error messages into Microsoft Word documents and email me the document. It was a terrible tool for the job, but it was the one they knew.

Once you get past two or…

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Twitter is suited for short statements & back-and-forth conversation. It’s terrible for anything long-form…

Twitter is suited for short statements & back-and-forth conversation.

It’s terrible for anything long-form.

Threads & images filled with text remind me of the old tech support days when users would paste screen shots of errors into MS Word docs b/c that’s the app they knew.

On Twitter

Once you get past 2 or 3 tweets (regardless of 140 or 280), your ideas will hang together better and be better understood if you write an actual article somewhere.

Sadly, Twitter has trained people to stay in Twitter instead of going outside to read the article.

On Twitter

So we get screenshots of long paragraphs that are awful for accessibility.

And we get threads that people only see fragments of & take bits out of context.

And we get links to articles that people don’t read, but reply to what they *think* was in them.

On Twitter

This thread expanded to an article that hangs together better, but that maybe two people will read:

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/07/long-form-twitter-why-oh-why/

On Twitter

Searching Your Twitter History: Case of the Missing Context

Searching Your Twitter History: Case of the Missing Context

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/01/searching-twitter-history-case-missing-context/

On Twitter

New blog post: Searching Your Twitter History: Case of the Missing Context

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/01/searching-twitter-history-case-missing-context/

PostContent

On Mastodon.social

Apparently I messed up the IFTTT rule for plugging new blog posts. “PostContent” – yeah, that’s informative.

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Boosting SpeedForce@botsin.space: Setting up a bot to toot new blog posts from SpeedForce.org

Setting up a bot to toot new blog posts from https://speedforce.org #theflash

I’m probably going to stick with that for now & not clutter up your timeline with flashbacks, ICYMI, etc.

Using #IFTTT & this method:

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2017/12/mastodon-ifttt/

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What’s in your social media archive?

I exported Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LiveJournal, WordPress and LinkedIn to find out. (And even found an archive of Google Buzz.)

What’s in Your Social Media Archive?

I checked out what you get when you export your content from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, WordPress and LiveJournal, with an eye for both private archives and migrating to your own site.

On Twitter
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On Facebook

@trwnh I just finished a comparison of various social networks’ exports. Weirdly, LinkedIn was the most complete.

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Why my phone has been vibrating

AHA! Finally figured out why my phone has been vibrating on most text messages since upgrading to #android #oreo, even when sound is on.

It’s now a per-conversation setting, so even though I have it defaulting to sound only, I have to turn vibrate off in every single saved conversation.

Not terribly convenient, Google.

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…and there seems to be no way to turn off the extra vibrate for browser notifications (which is how I’m using Mastodon on my phone for now). I can turn sound off, but I want the sound *instead* of the vibration when volume is on, not in addition to it.

On Mastodon.Social

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2017/11/android-oreo-wont-stop-vibrating/

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