@rysiek You're welcome to apply! Tbh I don't know if there's a tonne of interest from practicing journalists so I might just open it up more generally as a news discussion community.
You're absolutely right, I haven't updated this thing in about a million years and have only resurrected it because a few folks have expressed interest. Thanks for reminding me that I had a Keybase requirement earlier (back from before Keybase was acquired by Zoom), I've since dropped that and don't require it anymore, updating the About page now!
Why do people here refer to Twitter as "birdsite"? /afterthought about toxic algorythms
Just to flesh out the case here a little bit: I firmly believe that the way that corporate "social" networks use algorythms is toxic. The algorythms are used to encourage "engagement". They make you angry so you have to post more, they hide what you want to see to make you scroll more. They make you talk about people not with people. They make you crave voyeuristic entertainment, not conversation.
Why do people here refer to Twitter as "birdsite"? /3
So, to sum things up: We mostly use "birdsite" to both remind ourselves of our negative experiences with Twitter, to reinforce the feeling we as a group try to do better, and to not think about Twitter itself too much. It's a way to distance ourselves from the toxicity while acknowledging that this here is not just "another social network".
It's a different culture.
Why do people here refer to Twitter as "birdsite"? /2
Also Mastodon has seen multiple waves of people coming from Twitter. With every new wave, the discussion focus was very much: What here is different from Twitter, what feature is better, what's missing. This kind of discussion has often been not too healthy for this place, because it often centered technology, not what it did to us. Not the culture.
Cause we have a culture. Our memes here are different. From 🍍 to to IT'S BEEN.
Why do people here refer to Twitter as "birdsite"? /1
For many accounts that have been here for some time, Twitter was a very unsafe place. It was a place we suffered so much harassment, hate and bile, we finally made the often hard decision to switch to this smaller, but much friendlier and truly social network.
We wanted to leave Twitter behind. We had enough of the toxic algorithms that changed people's behaviour over there for the worse. We didn't want to be reminded of Twitter.
Recommended follows for #FollowWednesday:
🌟 @plantswithchris - Lots of gardening, plants and wild greenery
🌟 @comradery - Co-operative donation platform, a democratic alternative to Patreon, currently in testing
🌟 @sajan - Vivid, colouful and often surreal illustrations
🌟 @wikipediahaiku - Moving haiku poems made from phrases in Wikipedia
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This is just a tiny fraction of accounts on here, but hopefully it will give people's timelines a good start.
Please do share this with anyone you think might benefit, for example people who are new here.
Question for #Mastodon admins - how does the directory of users get built on an instance? I see when I search that I see accounts from other instances. How did they get there?
Do they get added when someone on the instance follows them?
I.e. if I had a new account email@example.com, would it only start appearing in instance directories when someone on the instance followed the account?
Hi! I should post something here since I started following folks on this account after redirecting my old one on here.
4estate.media is my nascent attempt to create a journalism-focused instance in Mastodon. I fully understand that some folks love Mastodon for its lack of news (as do I), so please feel free to block this instance if you don't want to see posts about the news or media.
I'm also @firstname.lastname@example.org, where I post fractals and am more conversational. This is mainly an instance admin account
Bitwarden's new username generator is brilliant
I've been using Bitwarden for years. It generates a unique password for every website I visit. There's only been one small problem - I want a unique username for each website.
Let me explain. Sometimes websites sell or leak your email address to spammers. If you're using email@example.com for every site, you'll never know
New account, admin of 4estate.media, visual journalist at @ft. Please excuse my mess while I migrate from my old account on here. Also @aendra
By Journalists, For Journalists: 4estate.media is a closed instance reserved exclusively for journalists or academics working in the journalism field