I’d love to follow you! Here’s my link: bsd.network/@rubenerd

Mastodon is a federated microblogging platform, like Twitter but you can host it yourself. You can see a river of posts from the platform you’re on, but you can also ping people across networks. Many of my friends at the moment are coming from aus.social, but mastodon.social is also available if you want to give it a try.

The imitable @phessler invited me to try his BSD OS-adjacent Mastodon instance in 2018, but I’m only just getting around to using it properly thanks to the encouragement of @screenbeard.

I was among the first users of Twitter, but I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the platform for the last few years, as evidenced by my need to take breaks from it. I wish I could say my interest in Mastodon was based on technical or philosophical reasons, but I think I need a break from the kinds of stuff that get posted there.

I used Jaiku, Pownce, Soup.io, tent.is, and App.net, so I’m not holding my breath about the longevity of this platform either. But I’d be gloriously happy to be proven wrong!