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It's been a long time since I migrated to a new platform, so here's some :

I'm a (soon graduating 🤞) MA student in Communication at Simon Fraser University. My thesis examines how land and labour is crucial to the use of geofencing-based network apparatuses in logistics. I've also got an undergrad in CS/IT.

I work as a researcher at the Digital Democracies Institute where I'm currently writing on the authenticity of online news.

(Assorted interests not included)

I detest Teams opening on my laptop at bootup, but I would absolutely forget it existed if I turned off that setting

Since Mastodon saw its initial popularity circa 2017, I've noticed that most users and those reporting on it either don't think about the Fediverse as anything more than Mastodon, or treat its history as beginning with Eugen Rochko and the beginning of Mastodon. In fact, Mastodon is the latest in a long line of federated social networks going at least back to Identi.ca, and though I wasn't around for all of it, I find this history pretty interesting. (Thread; boosts welcome!)

Great article from @dajb about governance on Mastodon servers. Like social.coop, Friend Camp has started using Loomio to make group consensus decisions around things like non-obvious defederation, and it's working out really well.

https://dougbelshaw.com/blog/2022/11/25/defederation-and-governance-processes/

I recommend instance admins look into Loomio. Once we have used it a bit more on Friend Camp I am going to post a how-to and best practices for small servers.

another thing is the frequency of toots vs tweets; Twt encourages rattling off short bursts of thought, maybe Mastodon doesn't?

(the irony of this thread being a chain of rattled-off thoughts is not lost on me)

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one thing I've been thinking about wrt the communicative cultures of Twitter and Mastodon is that the federated servers of M seem to encourage conversations specific to that server, Twt encourages 'authentic' expression, exposing oneself entirely. Wonder how the mass migration here will change these cultures

migrating my following list from the Elon-hellsite to here, and realizing how many crossings, connections, friends I'd lose from there. I'm ready to be done with Twitter but I'll miss so much from it

It's been a long time since I migrated to a new platform, so here's some :

I'm a (soon graduating 🤞) MA student in Communication at Simon Fraser University. My thesis examines how land and labour is crucial to the use of geofencing-based network apparatuses in logistics. I've also got an undergrad in CS/IT.

I work as a researcher at the Digital Democracies Institute where I'm currently writing on the authenticity of online news.

(Assorted interests not included)

Assemblag.es

assemblag.es is a Mastodon instance for people interested in thinking creatively and critically about technology, in the broadest sense. The only requirement is that you keep to the code of conduct! Note: we've paused new signups for a few days while we deal with the #twittermigration influx - please do request an invite, but be aware that for now functions more like a 'waiting list' than a knock on the door, until our numbers stabilise again :-)