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?

@hankchizljaw cheers! Second one got a bit long but I think I exorcised everything I wanted to say.

@laura long but good. There’s a darn lot to say about this platform!

@laura Watch out there’s a few links that miss their http(s) and therefore point to your 404 :)

@laura Great posts, Laura! You also did a good job of making the instance-of-one sound less scary.

@piraino thanks! I hope so. Really it is much less scary with @mastohost at the helm.

Thanks Laura for both posts. I have planned to create two similar post in French. Are you ok is I translate your posts, with mention to the originals ? Did you use an official license for your blog posts ?

@heurism aw thanks! That is not something I expect to hear about my writing!

@laura These are both really excellent posts! I can definitely identify with what you say about Twitter and follower counts. It makes it really hard to quit if you've invested a lot and built up a big following.

@nolan thanks! And thank you for your valuable work and writing in the area. I feel like a lot of what I’ve got on Twitter is privilege, but still feel invested in that pre-web 2.0 feeling that freely sharing knowledge is the best feature of the “web industry.”

.@laura the weaning is one of the hardest bits. I can’t quit Tweetbot just yet, but I did just demote it from the dock.

First time a twitter client hasn’t been there in about 5 years.


My biggest frustration is that twitter is my source of notifications and such like you mentioned. Is feedbin really the best solution? I'm half-tempted to write a bot that logs into my twitter account and sends everything to my mastodon account.

@phaedryx by all means do whatever works for you. I’ve not got the time nor skills to be writing bots so Feedbin works perfectly for me!

@laura I think you've inspired a weekend project 🤔

@laura love these Laura. Wonderful summing up of my current mood towards Twitter.

@laura Very interesting blogs. If I may suggest a third one? A short and crystal clear plan for non technical users of Twitter to migrate. They don't have a clue how Mastodon works. And they don't care. They just want an easy login and then something that works like Twitter. Comparing Mastodon to Twitter for them is like comparing Linux to Windows. That may be the pitfall for Mastodon.

@RJanse59 hmm. I wrote that post for the kind of folks who follow me, mostly in the tech industry. I see the value in writing a basics one, but I’m not sure I’m the person to do it! I think the pitfall is the big decision of which instance to choose, because it’s a big decision to make right now, and beyond that Mastodon isn’t *wildly* different from Twitter from the perspective of a person using it.

@laura I think you're right about the choosing of an instance. I have read several articles that were meant to explain Mastodon to 'average users', but I think most of them fail. They are not simple enough. The reason that has grown so huge is simply because people can grasp the idea of a simple address and use that. Sadly I can't write that article either, because I'm not a native English writer and I am not skilled enough in the whole Mastodon thing.

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