Wrote a blog on why AWS never dove seriously into blockchain. Features groovy pix from a trip to New York, which is part of the story: https://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/202x/2022/11/19/AWS-Blockchain
The thing about Twitter is that it really lacks a lot of the features you'd expect from a true Mastodon replacement.
For example, there's no way to edit your toots (which they, confusingly call "tweets"—let's face it, it's a bit of a silly name that's difficult to take seriously).
"Tweets" can't be covered by a content warning. There's no way to let the poster know you like their tweet without also sharing it, and no bookmark feature.
There's no way to set up your own instance, and you're basically stuck on a single instance of Twitter. That means there's no community moderators you can reach out to to quickly resolve issues. Also, you can't de-federate instances with a lot of problematic content.
It also doesn't Integrate with other fediverse platforms, and I couldn't find the option to turn the ads off.
Really, Twitter has made a good start, but it will need to add a lot of additional features before it gets to the point where it becomes a true Mastodon replacement for most users.
I really like the favorite/boost/bookmark distinctions. I also like the fact that here you have to go back to the original post to talk--my brain says lovechild of Twitter and Pillowfort. Also, accountability, woohoo!
So. In my view.
Favorite: HEY YOU this was a COOL THING.
Boost: HEY EVERYONE this was a COOL THING.
Bookmark: HEY ME don't forget about this COOL THING.
Reply: OMG WHAT A COOL THING can we TALK about it?
It’s mean-spirited to feel good about others' failures. But I struggle. Especially when it's the big ASX blockchain project: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2022/11/16/seminal-blockchain-project--goes-down-the-drain-chairman-apologizes/?sh=39d848f217d3
Back a few years ago, we blockchain skeptics were repeatedly bludgeoned by biz types screaming: A major stock exchange is going all-in! You fools Just Don't Get It!
1/4 A key thing I've learned about Mastodon: When you find your friends on here, don't just follow them — add them to a list!
If you follow a lot of accounts, your close friends' posts may not show up in your feed at a time you're logged on. Unlike FB or Twitter, Mastodon has no algorithm to resurface your friends' posts from hours or days ago.
Solution: Create a list called "Friends" and check it when you're on. This will ensure that you see what they posted while you were away. (cont'd)
This literature clock is the most wonderful thing I’ve seen in a long time. Checking the time becomes a moment of pure joy 😍
we’re all cranky because it’s like we switched to decaf and it’s absolutely better for us, but we want that sweet caffeine
I did something similar to what @jed did, but on AWS instead of Cloudflare: how to set up another domain to redirect Mastodon handles to different locations. For this instance I'm running, it's an S3 bucket set up for static hosting and using redirects (https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonS3/latest/userguide/how-to-page-redirect.html) behind CloudFront set up with your domain of choice.
writing a quick summary about how to use Cloudflare page rules to make your Mastodon account discoverable from your own domain.
To all mastodon admins:
Hi! I’m Evan Phoenix, the primary author of puma, the ruby webserver that powers mastodon!
Please reply or DM me if you need tuning help! I’ve got no officiation with the mastodon, just want to see you succeed!
(Quick Tip: set WEB_CONCURRENCY to core count * 1.5 and then tune MAX_THREADS. High thread values will see diminishing returns!)
At least 16% of people I follow are now on Mastodon. 252 of 1581. It's starting to feel like a large enough circle to have a decent conversation with people I know.