I finally added some screenshots (and more troubleshooting tips) to my guide on how to …

I finally added some screenshots (and more troubleshooting tips) to my guide on how to post to #Mastodon from anything (including #RSS, #WordPress etc.) using #IFTTT

How to Post to Mastodon From Anything Using IFTTT

(Incidentally: I built a new recipe from scratch to make sure I wasn’t missing any steps and tried to publish it as a reusable applet, but it turns out IFTTT won’t let you publish applets that use webhooks.)

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It is so weird to see triple-digit boosts in the feed.

It is so weird to see triple-digit boosts in the feed.

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The funny thing is all the viral posts about how Mastodon is designed to make it harder for things to go viral.

With comment threads longer than I’ve seen in ages.

(Harder, of course, doesn’t mean impossible!)

(And yeah, I’m guilty of boosting some of them too!)

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Time for me to stop contributing to the problem of over-saturating the feed with meta-commentary.

(Oh no, I’m doing it right now!)

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With all the new people on the fediverse lately, I’m kind of getting overwhelmed by the multi-column UI.

I have been using the “advanced” interface for #mastodon (TweetDeck style) ever since I joined, mostly because I never got around to trying out the now-standard one when it was introduced.

But with all the new people on the fediverse lately, I’m kind of getting overwhelmed by the multi-column UI.

So I thought I’d give the simpler one a try.

And you know what, it’s actually a nicer balance! Going to try this and @pinafore and see which I end up liking better for desktop.

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One problem: I don’t see a way to pin hashtag searches in either of them the way I can in the multi-column view. (I’m thinking it should appear similar to the Lists feature.) Am I missing something, or is it just not implemented in either of these UIs?

#ui

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I’ve been on Mastodon for several years now, and it’s almost completely replaced Twitter for me. It *is* a shift in perspective on how social media works, so here are a few tips to help wrap your head around it: 1/7

I’ve been on #Mastodon for several years now, and it’s almost completely replaced Twitter for me.

It *is* a shift in perspective on how social media works, so here are a few tips to help wrap your head around it: 1/7

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The news dropped today that Google will be shutting down Google+ in August of next year.

The news dropped today that Google will be shutting down Google+ in August of next year.
https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/

I haven’t been very active here in a long time. Mostly these days I’ve been on Mastodon. it’s more like Twitter than Google+, but it’s really a collection of smaller networks that talk (almost) seamlessly to each other like different email servers. You can sign up on a server based on topic, location, language or just on a whim, and you can interact with people on every other Mastodon instance…and several other networks that use the same system to interact, but handle photos, blogging, etc.

It’s an open-source project where each server is run by volunteers, which means:

1. Real people can handle moderation for their servers.
2. Different servers have their own policies on both content and conduct.
3. The network has no incentive to data-mine your activity for advertising or show you the posts that are most likely to get you angry and keep you reading , replying and reposting.

I wrote up a brief comparison of what makes Mastodon different from Twitter, in terms of actually using the service.
https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/08/consider-mastodon/

You can get started here:
https://joinmastodon.org

Finally, if you want to follow me on Mastodon, I’m KelsonV on Wandering.Shop. You can see my profile here: https://wandering.shop/@kelsonv (I also have two other accounts where I focus on books and photography, both of which are linked from my main one.)

I updated my article on posting from #IFTTT to #Mastodon again to clarify a few …

I updated my article on posting from to again to clarify a few things, and to recommend botsin.space for accounts that will *only* include automatic posts.

I use this technique for several things:
– Link to every new post from an feed at @SpeedForce
– Post differently tagged links from here & at SpeedForce
– Cross-post a very occasional blog here

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

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@Virelai I believe it searches posts that the instance you’re on knows about already, without …

@Virelai I believe it searches posts that the instance you’re on knows about already, without calling out to other instances. So it’ll show you hashtagged posts from:
– the local timeline
– remote users that local users are following.
– remote toots that have been boosted or searched by URL on this instance.

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@VirelaiI’ve found that searching on a small instance like booktoot.club turns up fewer results than searching wandering.shop or mastodon.social, but if I search for a hashtag on a bigger instance, then copy the URL of a toot over to the search box on the smaller instance, the smaller instance will find it the next time I search for that hashtag.

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Last night I threw together a quick bot to post a random item from a …

Last night I threw together a quick bot to post a random item from a text file in about 20 minutes.

Then I spent 3 hours going through the archive from my old LOL_Spam project at birdsite, pulling out jokes that are too dated or cringeworthy. (I’m hoping I didn’t miss any. I was really tired by the end.)

This morning I modified the script to take a second file as a queue for new items.

So if you’re interested in funny/odd spam subjects (and OK with swearing & lewdness), check out @LOLspam

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#Mastodon has been positioned as an alternative to Facebook in a lot of discussion lately. It’s not exactly. It’s more of an alternative to Twitter, but it’s not exactly that, either. It’s an engine that powers *multiple* alternatives to Twitter, that can all talk to each other.

#Mastodon has been positioned as an alternative to Facebook in a lot of discussion lately. It’s not exactly. It’s more of an alternative to Twitter, but it’s not exactly that, either.

It’s an engine that powers *multiple* alternatives to Twitter, that can all talk to each other.

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Yes, I suppose data revealed through a system *working as intended* isn’t technically a “breach.”

Yes, I suppose data revealed through a system *working as intended* isn’t technically a “breach.”

On Twitter

Most social media these days is built around selling access to participants’ data, directly or indirectly (through ad placement). It doesn’t have to be, but that’s the business model that’s taken hold.

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There are alternatives to the big data-mining social networks, but they have their own drawbacks. Blogs still exist, @MastodonProject is making great strides, you can self-host if you can afford it & have the know-how (or know someone who does)…

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But your friends/family aren’t on [cool social network], they’re still on FB & Twitter, so you need to keep them around to talk to them.

And it takes time, effort & money to maintain your own site.

And a lot of networks aren’t as polished as the ones you’re already on…

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Leaving FB/Twitter isn’t easy for everyone, or even rewarding for everyone.

We can make it easier, help people diversify, & grow those alternative networks, but let’s not blame those who accept the trade-off & stay on the major sites.

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Still, user data is the product. Breaches need one kind of solution. Business practices need another.

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Latest update to @MastodonProject aims at improvements for photography and art sharing. I’ve been getting frustrated with Instagram lately – maybe it’s time to step up my @kelsonv@photog.social persona.

Latest update to @MastodonProject aims at improvements for photography and art sharing. I’ve been getting frustrated with Instagram lately – maybe it’s time to step up my @kelsonv@photog.social persona.

https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2018/03/the-mastodon-spring-creators-release/

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Forgot to link to my profile at photog.social: https://photog.social/@kelsonv

That’s where I share photos on Mastodon. I also have a general account on mastodon.social, which you can find a link to on that profile.

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Replacing the Pillars of the Internet

An interesting read on decentralizing the internet, from social networking outside of Facebook & Twitter to building mesh networks that don’t even need ISPs.

Replacing the Pillars of the Internet – Mastodon Blog – Medium

The future of the internet is bright, and it’s decentralized.

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If you’re fed up with Twitter, take a look at @MastodonProject…

If you’re fed up with Twitter, take a look at @MastodonProject:

– Not corporate-owned.
– Chronological timeline.
– Multiple sites run by volunteers.
– Choose by interests, community, or coin flip.
– Talk with people across the whole network.

https://joinmastodon.org/

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And if you want to, you can start your own Mastodon site for yourself, your family, your circle of friends, your club, your company, your organization, whatever, and still follow & interact with people across other sites.

On Twitter

In that way Mastodon is sort of like WordPress. You can join an existing service (and in this case, there are multiple services you can choose from), or you can download the software and run your own.

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New Archive: Facebook, Twitter, Mastodon, Instagram

I’ve set up this site to archive my third-party social networking posts on a site that I control and can easily search. For now I’m setting up the following networks to archive here using IFTTT:

  • Facebook (public posts)
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Mastodon.Social
  • Photog.Social (a Mastodon instance dedicated to photography)

I’m less concerned with keeping everything in its original form, and more concerned with being able to find it (and work my way back to comment threads), so I plan on removing/combining duplicates as I find them, cleaning up links, etc. but I don’t want to get too complicated with it.