Resurrected Elephant Revisited and General Social Media Post-Mortem

funny-2935405_640Oh, cool, Chnerk Mandog joined Mastodon. Honest.

It’s interesting; as another non-techy person, Chuck’s initial experience seems to have been largely like mine. “Hey this is neat, with caveats.”

I stopped using Mastodon a few months ago because trying to use four networks at the same time was like trying juggle four cannisters of other people’s shit; it makes you anxious and you’re bound to get some on you.

Then a little after that I stopped using social media almost altogether, and I’m still in that limbo. These blog posts get auto-cross-posted, (I know it’s not a word, that’s why I frankensteined it together with hyphens), and I sometimes go on Twitter or Instagram to check they’re still there, but otherwise, I’m social media free, at least in my personal life.

I’m still not sure whether that’s a long term thing. The idea of deleting my accounts altogether seems drastic. Continue reading “Resurrected Elephant Revisited and General Social Media Post-Mortem”

Toot Toot Tweet Tweet

I’ve been trying out a new social media site, here’s a few thoughts. A caveat: I’m not a software developer or a user researcher. This is just going to be my user experience, your mileage may vary. Do a Bruce Lee and take what you can use, leave what you can’t.

Animal Noise Onomatopoeias

I’ve been looking for new social media platforms for a while now. About a year ago I signed up to Ello, but something didn’t click and I’ve never used it. Recently, however, I came across Mastodon, a Twitter alternative.

On Mastodon, posts are ‘toots’, (you know, like the noise a prehistorical elephant might make) and have a limit of five hundred characters. Unlike Twitter the site is decentralised, meaning that it’s run on many servers (called instances, numbering over a thousand at time of writing), instead of one at Twitter HQ. You can follow people and browse hashtags to find new users.  Continue reading “Toot Toot Tweet Tweet”