social.coop meta, request for feedback
So, if for nothing else than to help people learn from our mistakes, I'd like to start compiling accounts of the unravelling/failure of social.coop.
I will be reaching out to particular people over the next few days, but if anyone out there left/chose not to join social.coop for Reasons and would be willing to talk about it (anonymously if you want), please DM.
Please boost for visibility.
I just installed #Linux Mint on my old ThinkPad (T420i) and Mate is a nice desktop environment. It's been pretty simple to manage everything. I'm not dumping GNOME but Mate is like a slightly more posh Xfce.
It cracks me up how people don't get The Athletic: https://slate.com/culture/2018/09/the-athletic-is-poaching-from-local-sports-pages-and-reading-like-them-too.html
Sports fans want to read about sports. Newspapers stopped covering sports. Sports fans are willing to pay. Everyone is like "The Athletic is no different from a newspaper!" But it is, in that they're covering things like hockey and not just running wire copy and national stories.
I don't know to what extent their revenue model works but the content is great.
Shredded lettuce is finally getting its due, sandwich-wise: https://skillet.lifehacker.com/shredded-iceberg-is-the-best-lettuce-for-your-sandwich-1828834253
My review of a really beautiful album from Jonathan Long: http://nodepression.com/album-review/samantha-fish-leads-jonathan-long-through-beautiful-surprises
It's so weird how the #NYRangers keep re-retiring numbers. I think they need a new word other than retire.
Finally finished my two blog posts on why I’m weaning myself away from Twitter in favour of Mastodon:
What’s wrong with Twitter?
What is Mastodon and why should I use it?
if you're new and worried about your follower numbers, don't! mastodon is more about the community and having fun with your friends. you can drop the toxic thought process where you viewed yourself as a brand on Twitter.
Use your local and federated timelines! Talk to people if something catches your eye! Don't gamify the experience here, be considerate. Think about being part of the local & federated community instead of figuring out how to go viral. Mastodon is super fun without those habits.
LIBRARIANS OF MASTODON (freakin' killer punk band name, by the way):
Check out Trunk, a list of Mastodon lists on Community Wiki! They've got lists of different people to follow on Mastodon but the GLAM lists are either pretty short or non-existent. Hit up the Wiki and get added to the list(s) of your choice!
Here’s an idea: form a voluntary “Fediverse Code” that limits the size of instances to a small number. Say 100 or, at most 1,000. Any instances larger than that size are blocked.
The mega-instances we have today, like .social, voluntarily agree to cull their numbers over a period of time; aiding the migration to other instances.
The fediverse is already hugely centralised and unless we do something about it, it will be ruled by a handful of feudal lords/Mini-Jacks.
New blog post: "Mastodon and the challenges of abuse in a federated system" https://nolanlawson.com/2018/08/31/mastodon-and-the-challenges-of-abuse-in-a-federated-system/
#Writing and coaching American football have very little in common except for the importance of clock management
The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!