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Welcome to Mastodon and thanks to any new followers.

I hope you give the place a good chance. There's a bit of a learning curve but it's well worth it.

For new accounts, I recommend checking out @feditips

They've been posting all day to help new accounts adjust to the platform.

@calculsoberic
Indeed. I was a couple of years back and you and @stux
really helped.
@feditips

@TonyStark glad we could help! I see you are also getting a bunch of new users @stux @feditips

@TonyStark @feditips Big day. I'm not a moderator nor server host, but i have pretty much doubled my follower count today.

@GreenFire
I hope they stick and stay active. It took me a little while to figure it out here. Twitter is really a :dumpsterfire: anymore.
@feditips

@TonyStark @feditips
I worry about growing pains on here in terms of moderation. It could put a lot of demands on volunteers. Good luck you guys.

@TonyStark @feditips
About Twitter. I didn't have too bad a time on there, but after being an online climate activist for so long we have pretty thick skins.

I worry about changes there since I got some of the fastest tornado warnings and other government info from the platform. I also worry because I imagine that in many countries it is the most trustworthy source of information about their local political situation etc.

@GreenFire
It's definitely concerning.

Elon Musk is one of the last people I'd trust to do anything but use it for ego massage.

I enjoyed my time there. I had a good account for many years. But the abuse of the platform by bots, etc., became ridiculous. Twitter didn't do enough then. Certainly won't now.

Free, reliable information is vital to society. This is where capitalism really, really fails.
@feditips

@TonyStark @feditips
I am definitely not defending Elon, but I was glad that one of his proclamations is that he is going to do something about bots and I am not trying to glorify Twitter either as until it ended up causing J6 it was a cesspool and it hasn't gotten much better it seems as they allowed the insurrectionists to suspend me via their mass reporting popular accounts doing OSINT. I am glad for the shakeup is really what I am glad of because business-as-usual was BAD business.

@GreenFire
We got mass reported a lot, too. I know someone else that just happened to recently, also, but she decided to leave social media altogether.
If he does something, good. His fans are really the worst, though. He'd probably knock out a lot of his own followers if he did address it.

@TonyStark
We are getting so many new religions these days as i predict that QAnon will turn into one and I saw this tweet that I saved the other day that makes me pretty sure that the #MuskBros will form one too perhaps.

@TonyStark
Shoot search brought up wrong picture. I swear the thumbnail picture was this. I should probably delete and retweet that other one.

@TonyStark
Actually, i just did a whole separate Toot with the picture and the same text as my reply. I'll keep my error in your thread (are they called threads on Mastodon?)

@GreenFire
I'm really bad at reading things off my own instance sometimes.

I need to be better about that. I can find it.

@TonyStark I recently started using MSN as a social media platform to push climate action and I am terrible at hitting send with typos in the comments. It is so critical to time them on there to be fresh when the stories first come out so that they float to top of people's feed.

One reason I am nervous about Mastodon. I have enjoyed how laid back it is.

@TonyStark I see that I forgot to include the modifying clause that I am nervous about Mastodon's rapid growth not Mastodon in general.

@TonyStark And speaking about my poor social media proofreading policy: Here is example of my poor proofreading that I saved since the reply is a prime example of much of the conservative frame of mind here in USA in 2022.

I reckon I rephrased my comment without adjusting for the change everywhere, but the point got across a little bit, I guess. I don't know if the reply was an attempt at humor, but I have always maintained that sarcasm doesn't work on social media crowds that are primed and ready for it from the author.

@GreenFire @TonyStark @feditips

This is the most positive take i've seen about Musk's twitter takeover.

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

Though I also think one might want to be deleting all their critical of musk & associated companies tweets.

And I think Black twitter has significantly more reason to be worried.

@alienghic @TonyStark @feditips
Definitely a good point about Black Twitter. Musk's South African roots are showing more and mor the older he gets.

@Humble_Novice_2022 @TonyStark @GreenFire

Hopefully we should be on safer ground as the ratio of human beings to members is much higher on the Fediverse.

Bots would (hopefully!) find it tougher surviving on here 🤞

Also, as no one owns the network, it's more difficult for any single actor to influence it.

@TonyStark @GreenFire @feditips I agree, I have just joined Mastodon because I am worried about Musk's goals. I do not wish to pay for a social medial site, especially to a person who is too rich already (and who I think should be doing something for the planet with his money). I think controls will go and Trump will re-appear on his favourite platform. Hope not, but who knows?

@TonyStark @GreenFire @feditips Thanks for the reply! It looks a really friendly platform, good to interact with new friends.

@Melinda @TonyStark @GreenFire

It seems to me that Twitter should be renamed Elon's Toy. I don't trust the guy a tiny little bit. I want nothing to do with anything that he has anything to do with. Ugh. Liking Mastodon so far, I joined yesterday.

@GisaGeek Hi, I joined yesterday too for the same reason.

@Melinda It's nice here. I'm still figuring things out like local and federal stream, but I think that also depends on how we view our feed, if app/mobile/web site. I'll need to do a bit of googling.

@TonyStark @feditips

Hey Tony (and other mods) while I have your attention: in my climate actiivism after we started the youth movement the Direct Messages on Twitter were probably where we lost most of our activists to bad actors because they could talk privately. I am not certain that private messages are a good idea on social media.

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