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Brad

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Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« on: November 18, 2022, 07:38:07 PM »
Unconfirmed:

Mastodon

7,053,740 accounts
+9,938 in the last hour
+180,254 in the last day
+502,990 in the last week

In other Twitter news:

https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/18/23466625/elon-musk-twitter-reinstatement-jordan-peterson-kathy-griffin-babylon-bee

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Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2022, 07:46:58 PM »
Has Mas figured out a way to migrate accounts between servers yet?

And how about bots? Twit was infested with bots, will M have the same problem?

>bots

Looks like there are tons of them.
« Last Edit: November 18, 2022, 08:06:05 PM by rcjordan »

Brad

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Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2022, 09:09:26 PM »
>bots

There are "friendly bots" on Mastodon but you have to subscribe to them.  Most are specialty news aggregators like Tech News Bot which is really good.  I don't know if there are others.

There is a way to move your account from one Masto server to another but I don't know how nor the limitations.

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Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2022, 09:25:46 PM »
Twitter : signup and start tweeting

Mast : signup. Find a server. Learn ssh. Setup sftp client

I might have made up the Mast but it felt like it.

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Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2022, 10:13:03 PM »
I think I joined Mastodon in 2018, but only after reading a well written and really-really long article that explained all this stuff.  Without that article I would have been lost.  You can tell Masto was made by geeks for geeks, because what the geeks think is simple and easy signup is totally confusing to innocent bystanders.

All that said, once you get signed up it all seems to work.  Somehow.  Lots of good dog and cat pics.  I don't know any of the subtleties of Masto posting so I'm not a power user.

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Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2022, 04:52:27 PM »
The stats for new users and servers vs new posts and comments does suggest people are struggling to complete the switch.
https://fediverse.observer/stats

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Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2022, 12:24:52 AM »
"Of more than 140,000 Twitter users who announced they were moving to Mastodon, just 1.6 per cent have actually quit Elon Musk’s social media platform"

Mastodon: Most people who threatened to quit Twitter haven't moved over | New Scientist

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2349641-most-people-who-threatened-to-quit-twitter-for-mastodon-havent-left/

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Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2023, 02:43:33 AM »
Drops to 1.8 million active users in the first week of January, down from over 2.5 million in early December.

Elon Musk drove more than a million people to Mastodon – but many aren’t sticking around | Mastodon | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2023/jan/08/elon-musk-drove-more-than-a-million-people-to-mastodon-but-many-arent-sticking-around

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Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2023, 11:26:23 AM »
>sticking

Yeah.  Mastodon is good for talking directly to other users.  The timeline is strictly chronological with no algo based on subject interest other than manual hashtag searches.

Which means Masto kinda sucks for entertainment and newsy stuff.  So for example, on Twitter, I like reading about old Hollywood movies, archaeology and 1960 cult TV shows, and Ukraine war news.  Twitter's algo responds by feeding me more of the same and/or related posts (ie. not just archaeology of Roman Britain, but Bronze age Europe, stone age Americas and on.)  It's entertaining.  You just don't get that with Mastodon and you don't get the critical mass of weirdness on Masto.

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Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2023, 03:51:48 PM »
It reminds me of all the people who said they were moving to Canada if X got (re-)elected president. Turns out home is home, even when it is totally dysfunctional.

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Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2023, 01:54:38 PM »
"Of more than 140,000 Twitter users who announced they were moving to Mastodon, just 1.6 per cent have actually quit Elon Musk’s social media platform"

Mastodon: Most people who threatened to quit Twitter haven't moved over | New Scientist

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2349641-most-people-who-threatened-to-quit-twitter-for-mastodon-havent-left/
those people overlap the move to Canada people when Agent Orange took the white house. ... they're all talk. :D