I want to be able to tell my friends why #mastodon is better than the birdsite, so I wrote a thing: "Mastodon Is Better than Twitter: Elevator Pitch"

I want this to be as persuasive as possible to outsiders, so I'd appreciate as much feedback as possible from Mastodon users

@codesections the point about having a high moderator/admin to user ratio is an interesting one though, because I think it depends on mastodon maintaining a culture of local communities that really has nothing to do with the code. Plus, mastodon's code is apparently more difficult to setup than others like pleroma and one has to wonder if it will centralize in the future. Not things to necessarily bombard a new user with, but interesting thoughts nonetheless.

@Alonealastalovedalongthe Yeah, that's all fair. When talking to people who aren't part of the fediverse, I tend to use "Mastodon" as a stand in for the fediverse as a whole. Maybe it will end up being pleroma, but I think a lot of the same advantages would apply there

@codesections @Alonealastalovedalongthe it would be great if people writing intros like this could use "the fediverse" rather than reducing the whole network to one of its subnetworks (albeit the largest one at present). Imagine if people had gone around using "Mozilla" instead of "the web". It makes it simpler to explain, kind of, but it also fails to communicate one of the most important things about it, the lack of *any* centralization (even at the code dev level). It also misses PeerTube etc

Fantastic point strypey and the issue of not being able to migrate is the huge elephant in the room

@Alonealastalovedalongthe @codesections ae, this is why I think it's sad that Mike's work on wasn't included in . This is a solved problem, yet the standards process failed to make use of the solution :-( It will probably take another generation of dev for this to be addressed.


Ultimately people *want* mastodon to be what activitypub should be which includes nomadic identity.

...and wonderfully because people want to see a free and open place so badly they will its spirit into existence, even on a network slowly enclosing around them

The lockin will be real with mastodon, and there is no incentive to change that. Yet what should the average use do?


@Alonealastalovedalongthe @codesections what I've done, since I started using the fediverse, is post and interact here, but use crossposting tools that also allow my primary posts to be seen on the birdsite. What users could do is use a nomadic-aware site like a Hubzilla hub, that also has the plugins enabled to crosspost to the AP networks.

@Alonealastalovedalongthe @codesections also, be aware that starting from scratch on a new site isn't the end of the world (I'm a quitter.se refugee). If you make the relationship between your old account and new account clear and start refollowing your fediverse buddies, from the new one (and especially if you can import your 'followed' list), most of the people who followed your old account will eventually catch up.

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