yet another explanation of Mastodon

The situation: you've seen people talking about Mastodon. Maybe you're intrigued, maybe you're not. Either way, when they've tried to explain it to you, you've been confused, turned off, or maybe even a little angry that they won't shut up about it. I'm going to try and undo some of…

mastodon and coops

or: why social.coop gets it right i write more about my relationship with mastodon here i am sure i'm not the first to write about how there's a direct link between the federated social web and cooperative business ideologies. there's a clear line to be drawn between the idea…

why pylodon exists

first off: mastodon is amazing and i'm so impressed by @gargon's tenacity and brilliance in bringing it to life that being said, the biggest weakness that i see with mastodon is how intertwined the frontend and backend are. it has what i understand to be an excellent API, but i…

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there's something special about being able to say, "i want a blog", run sudo apt-get install ghost-cli[1], ghost install[2], and then start blogging at your new blog subdomain. this feels like such a pure form of existence on the web, to have an A * [IP address]…

pylodon development, part 1

pylodon began as smilodon.social, a python flask-based website meant to interoperate primarily with mastodon. over time, i started to understand the scope of ActivityPub, and realized that it could be so much more than another way of using mastodon. pylodon split from smilodon to be a standalone ActivityPub S2S…

why I join Mastodon

I've joined Mastodon four times. The first was in October or November 2016, on mastodon.social, when @shel first joined and told all of her friends; I stuck around for a bit, but only had two or so friends on it (@shel and @ebeth), and I had a large social…