Well this is fascinating. Billionaire buys my favorite bird app and flies it straight toward the ground. So I get curious about other options. I've found a few. I posted a list of new handles on Facebook and a friend asked for more information about them, so here is a rundown of what I'm looking at. I'm listing them from most developed to least developed.
Note: All of this is based on my impressions as a user of these platforms for 1-3 days. I fully admit I do not know much yet, but in some cases there isn't that much to know.
Mastodon: You've probably heard about this one and been curious. Mastodon is like if Twitter and Discord had a baby. It's open source and distributed. There are separate 'servers,' and you join one of those. If you don't like the server you join, you can 'migrate.' Those servers connect to each other as a 'federated' group. You can follow people on other servers, if you can find them. The web app is the easiest place to get started and the easiest way to find people. I'm @JenRoberts@techhub.social
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Those of you who know me from twitter will recall that I am @JenRoberts1 there. Part of the silver lining of migrating to new platforms is the chance to get in early and drop the 1 from my handle.
And someday soon...
I started talking to strangers on the internet on IRC in 1992. This feels almost like those early days. Get online. Say something. Hope someone says something back. Here we go again. Yippee ki-yay y'all.