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Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

Another long term goal for Mastodon - attracting activists from the On the bird app it was possible to get news from the ground in places like . Here I haven't seen any participants reporting, only journalists. Translation tools and easier signup would help here.

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@erazlogo
I have translation under the three dots next to a post now--very handy! Is your server waiting to update?

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@carrideen I am on a fork, Hometown, but really look forward to getting the translation once we catch up!

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@erazlogo I think what would really help is bringing politicians and high-ranked officials from the #GlobalNorth to #Mastodon. Activists from #GlobalSouth have been using #Twitter for informing the international community and trying to build international pressure on oppressive states. Key figures for this are politicians, journalists, and official institutions. If they stay away from Mastodon, Global South activists cannot completely abandon Twitter.

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@SerhatTutkal Journalists definitely need to be on M and active. My impression of most political accounts on T (except activist ones like AOC maybe) is that they are run by assistants and mostly announce policies rather than read posts.

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@erazlogo indeed, - networking with #GlobalSouth is main reason for us to stay on Twitter; many climate activists and NGOs are following us from MANY countries, - and most of them did not join the #Fediverse yet...

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@mastomememakers you say "#GlobalSouth is mainly on Facebook"?

Well, maybe, generally speaking, - BUT we have quite a few followers from the #GlobalSouth on Twitter (and are also following them)

One promiment person is https://twitter.com/vanessa_vash :vanessa: - We've been following each other since we both had very few followers, — now she has 243K and is one of the most influencial #ClimateJustice activists there, together with @luisaneubauer and @gretathunberg .

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@parents4future @mastomememakers International activist groups definitely use T. A colleague, Khalid Medani, follows many Sudanese accounts on the bird site to track youth activism there. Just a few examples (you can translate bios on T):
twitter.com/K3Committee
twitter.com/Riyad_Committee
twitter.com/A_socialist1
I think these groups will use Mastodon if they feel that there is a significant audience for them here that can amplify their message.

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@erazlogo
Yes, that's also what I miss here.

Question: Do you think this is because Mastodon as a platform is lacking important features or needs to be improved in some way, or is it more a matter of time that it's not known much in the Global South yet?

Until a month ago, hardly anybody knew about it, and then mainstream media in Europe and North America became aware and user numbers multiplied within weeks. (cont.)

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@erazlogo
... so my question is if Mastodon just isn't known much in the Global South yet?

I occasionally look at allafrica.com for news from African countries and I haven't noticed any news about Twitter/Mastodon at all (even on the IT section, https://allafrica.com/ict/).

What's your impression?

Does Mastodon just not have critical mass in the Global South yet, and are there other barriers (tech, culture) that we can try to remove?

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@StephanMatthiesen Yes, I think Mastodon has not registered yet for many activist accounts on T, and not just for Global South. Many North American/European internationalist academics who primarily post on T to amplify a political message either have not discussed Mastodon as an option or actively mocked it.

Mastodon meta - long-term goals 

@erazlogo
Thanks. That's an interesting observation you make here. It will be interesting to see how it develops and if people (or which groups) stay with Twitter or try alternatives.

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