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The Fediverse is the biggest communications revolution in a generation.

I know, sounds like hype.

Many tech revolutions have been promised and haven't arrived.

Where's my 3D-printed house? My self-driving car? My AR glasses?

Compared to those things, the Fediverse looks less grandiose.

So am I sure about this Fediverse revolution? So far, this just looks like Twitter.

Yes, I'm sure.

The Fediverse fixes one of the Internet's biggest pain points. Let me explain. 🧵

This is why, when I called it a bullshit generating machine, I was using the term bullshit in its technical sense. Philosopher Harry Frankfurt explained, in On Bullshit, that bullshit is speech intended to be persuasive without concern for the truth. For Frankfurt, the difference between a liar and a bullshitter Is this a liar knows the truth and is trying to lead you elsewhere where is the bullshitter either doesn’t know or doesn’t care wants to sound like they know what they’re talking about.

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In many senses, I find sets high standards for communication in . You have enabled connected services, allowed 65K characters, you have robust policy, we can use markdown in posts, and you are also very welcoming, responsive, and open community!

Since when do 'techies' worry about these things? ATM, most such articles are coming out of techie stables as do most servers ... (Sigh)!

Start of new waves in South Korea and Japan, having sustained recent BA.5 waves and this variant still accounts for most new cases
The pandemic isn't over

World has already moved on from Pakistan being one third underwater

Mastodon: What you need to know for your security and privacy

If you’re leaving Twitter for Mastodon, here are some things you should know.

Please reblog/boost if you think this would help folks you know who are new to Mastodon. (Likes are appreciated, but won't help spread the advice)

Twitter is “kabaddi kabaddi kabaddi kadabddi” while Mastodon is “marco…” “…polo”

Never forget, a 13-year study of a dozen cities found that protected bike-lanes led to a drastic decline in fatalities for ALL ROAD USERS. And painted bike-lanes? No safety improvement at all. As for sharrows, it’s safer to NOT have them. Via #StreetsblogUSA, read their article. #bikelanes #bikes #cities #transportation #mobility #sharrows #infrastructure #urbanplanning

Are you new to Mastodon?

Do you need some help? A simple guide to how Mastodon works?

Check out my website, it answers lots and lots of questions you might have:


It's written in non-technical language, and aimed at a general audience. If you're new here and feeling a bit lost, this is the site for you!

(There are also tips for advanced users in a separate section of the site.)

If you can't find the answers you want from the site, @ or message me 🙂

Basically it is a firefox add-on. So you are on a website (such as an article or a webpage that you are reading and you want to share it to your instance), instead of copy paste the URL, if you click this extension, then it will bring up a pop-up populated with your instance link where you can post the link to the page with some notes and comments. Works for a number of different servers. You can configure your own instance on the configuration of the extension. This only works for firefox.

This Lancet paper published this year reports almost 5 million deaths associated with bacterial #AMR in 2019, including over 1.2 million deaths attributable to bacterial AMR. These data provide key context on the burden of AMR (the burden is at least as large as that of HIV & malaria).


A great point. A few days ago I wrote if we can have something like for posted on . Assigning a DOI is fine but there needs to ways to make sure these are persistent. Then there are issues around evaporating instances, here today, gone tomorrow. So spreading status updates on more than one instance is in order.

Another design consideration re: Mastodon is that it works well for ephemeral asynchronous communications, but for many reasons should not be counted on as an archival resource. Media attachments are periodically purged and may not be available after a week, or a month, etc. While some servers may try to preserve content forever, this may be costly and unsustainable. Creators, researchers should treat this as an ephemeral resource and make provisions for self-archiving anything important.

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