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"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."


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Drug reference 

Why do I only use Mastodon when I'm stoned?

That's a real nice eschaton you got there. Would be a shame if someone were to come along and.... IMMANENTIZE it

The new Borat movie was weird. It was just two senile old guys arguing over who loved fracking more for an hour and a half. Don't get the appeal.

uspol shitpost 

press y to yell at iowa :watchgoose:

mini metro is a science fiction game that imagines a world where there are consequences for badly running subway lines

Watching Burlesque for the first time. I don't know how I made it this long as a homasekshul without seeing it.

Moral of the story is that Stanley Tucci is Daddy.

I'd love a way to have like a master account that acts as my face across instances and syncs who I'm following and all that between them.

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One of the things that makes getting into Mastodon confusing is dealing with accounts across instances. I have three accounts that I use. One, because it has a large general interest population that's interesting. Another has a cool queer community that I like to see. My main one (this) is a personal instance that I would like to use to interact on these other ones. It feels silo-ed, the information you see on profiles is limited, and the jumping between accounts is a pain.

I've got an 11 year old transmasc kid looking for YouTube representation.

Who are the popular LGBT+ YouTubers playing games that they should watch? (Can't be mean to furries.)

Are there Twitch streams they should be watching instead? Some other platform?

Boosts would be appreciated. :boost_ok:

This is what a "split lobster" looks like. This coloring occurs once in every 50 million lobsters


This debate is painful. I don’t know why I’m watching it.

hey you?
sit up your back is gonna hurt if you keep looking like a single parenthese

US terrorism watchlist ruled unconstitutional 

US Federal Judge has ruled the government's Terrorism Watchlist unconstitutional, finding that it violated US citizens' constitutionally guaranteed right to due process

Mastodon is so much more chill than the shrieking nightmare that is twitter. I need to hang out here more often.

Some lessons from web 2.0 

- Everyone on one big virtual server creates a digital feudalism
- Generic interfaces create consistency and familiarity, but are boring
- Advertising as a business model creates moral hazard in the economics sense
- Moderation isn't something you can outsource to a separate department
- Centralized systems can't effectively moderate, or only do so in a feudalistic manner
- Apparent ease of use is often due to hidden labor or the cost/complexity pushed elsewhere as externalities
- Celebrities and brands can only really operate as such within centralized information architecture. Outside of that context they become paper tigers
- Personal information should not be a tradable commodity
- The more destructive elements of society come to monopolize centralized platforms unless actively repressed
- Showing the user more of what they're already seen leads to bad outcomes. Don't try to algorithmically second guess what the user wants
- Algorithmic timelines which users can't control degrade and interfere with their ability to communicate with each other, ultimately to the point where they lose confidence in the platform
- Screen clutter is an inevitable outcome of an advertising business model
- Allowing organizations to buy influence in a community makes the community less real and therefore less desirable to be part of
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