mastodon is idiotic, like, it's extremely hard to follow anyone outside an instance.
you can't even figure out what's the syntax of your own handle. And it fucking plays reverse with multi @ sign.
and the mastodon idiots expect average people to, wow, let's move from twitter?
@xahlee i think the mastodon usership is not drawn by (nor terribly negatively impacted by) what we'll politely call whimsical design choices. Whatever its shortcomings, its not twitter, and its not algorithmically filtered, nor providing the kind of metrics about users that Twitter can harvest. Small price to pay, really.
@jeremiah i agree it's some success, and i do love it being not centralized, and not with who-knows-what tracking and manipulation schemes. i wish it replace twitter, facebook.
i just feel sad that the nerds are actively preventing it from becoming more popular. All sort of UI decisions, naming, n starry-eyed perceptions on how social works. eg linux.
and compare to Second Life, or some MMOG, twitch? at any time may have more users online.
@xahlee That's the beauty of the model -- we can run our own nodes, and for that matter, fork the code and fix what we see as deficiencies. As a non-twitter user, I'm actually satisfied with the UX (more or less.)
There could even be a separate federation putting free speech above feels and ideology, which, I suspect, will happen if the network continues to grow.
I didn't realize Second Life was still a thing. Last I read was about disabled people using it heavily.