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On a side note, I think it is interesting that even though I have more than four times as many followers on Twitter than I do on Mastodon, I get way more interest and feedback on Mastodon than on Twitter, so writing there feels much more rewarding.

I guess the algorithm doesn't like me and I have a much better impact when it isn't there....? 🤓

My wife works with elder people, and one common theme is that the ones that consider themselves "computer-literate" are the ones who used computers in the 80s but then retired and never used one after. Now they need to use modern systems to access healthcare and other basic services.

It seems like it would be possible to set up a system that looked and behaved a lot like 80s DOS but allowed them to use modern systems.

This toot best viewed in Netscape Navigator with a 1024x768 screen in 1998 before all this crap started.

#fediverse newcomers: Welcome to your first collective outrage/sorrow experience! There's some etiquette here for the occasion: the ✨ content warning ✨

If you drop your takes and commiserations under a CW, people can choose to engage with the doomscroll or skip it entirely.

It's not censorship; it's empathy.

#feditips #noxp now redirects to a Twitter account.

How the mighty have fallen.

Mastodon provides several tools for managing your timeline.

You can add notes to any profile. Why did you follow them? Are they a repeat offender? Remind yourself.

You can disable boosts on a per-user basis. Maybe you want to see a user's posts, but not everything that interests them.

You can temporarily mute an account while they get something out of their system.

You filter out posts with specific words, hashtags or phrases.

And when all else fails: block, unfollow, or mute indefinitely.

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I should have mentioned on TWiG that if you want the "Tweetdeck-style" display on Mastodon web, you need to select "Advanced web interface" in your Appearance settings.

If you hate Windows, simply switch to Linux so you can hate Linux instead

Wood Elves aren't made of wood. Sea Elves aren't made of water. M'aiq still wonders about High Elves.

I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.


Tips for finding followers:
– Find accounts via posts: boosts by people you follow, Local timeline, Federated timeline, search for hashtags
– You can also check out who people you follow, follow or are followed by.
– Look at someone’s profile to determine if you want their posts in your timeline.

Tips for being found:
– Use hashtags in posts. They are more important than on Twitter (which is quite good at finding tweets and detecting trends without hashtags).
– Fill in your bio.

Oh nice, I just noticed that Mastodon now supports USB-Hardware Tokens in addition to TOTP for Two-Factor-Authentication.
Make use of that to secure your account!

Sound of Yubikey registrations intensifies.

this is super cool and I can't wait to see what people do with it
"It is now possible to have Inform projects which run Basic Inform only, a form of the language without rooms, things, vehicles, the command parser, actions, and so on, but still having phrases, rules, lists and the like: in effect, Basic Inform is a general-purpose programming language."

"i miss BBS"
you can log on to a BBS right now
"i miss IRC"
you can log on to an IRC server right now
"i miss self hosted this or that"
you can self host your own thing right now
"i miss online communities"
join one, start one
"i miss online friends"
we're waiting for u!

the only obstacle to all this and more is yourself.

Cool things people do with their blogs!
Small and independent blogs are always full of surprises. The more blogs I stumble upon, the more genuinely surprised I am by the things people do with their blogs. It seemed like a good idea to summarize highlights here. I hope it might inspire non-bloggers to blog and bloggers to tinker more wit..#Webdev #IndieWeb #blogging(

Another tip: Every Mastodon account has RSS built in. Just add .rss to the end of the URL for your account, e.g.

That lets people follow your public posts from an RSS reader, but it's also useful if you wanted to use IFTTT to crosspost your public posts to another platform.

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I am so pleased at all the new interesting people I get to follow and see what they have to say!

"Talk to the pretty girl," hissed my haunted brooch.

"No," I hissed back, "She's working!"

"She's smiling at you!"

"It's her job!"

"...Show her your sword," the brooch suggested after a brief silence.

"I don't have that requisite anatomy and it'd be a crime if I did."

"What? No! A real sword; a saber, or a rapier if you're fancy."

"That'd be a different crime."

"If you'd listen to me, you'd have a sword and a girlfriend by now."

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

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