Bridside πŸ—‘οΈπŸ”₯ news... 

The exodus begins (continues?) at the birdsite. Head of product "asked to leave" CFO is also out and a spending freeze.
bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

Time to see what Hooli er I mean Google has been up to. πŸ˜‰

Musk speculation/darkness/wallowing ahead. 

More and more it feels like this screwed up timeline we're in only leads to one place and that's a full dystopia with Elon as defacto world ruler. Whether intentionally or not he's moving to control the key resources of the next century space & communications. Pair that with ultimated money and it's hard to see how there doesn't translate to unlimited power.

For any Nerds out there will attempt to catch a πŸš€ with a 🚁 T-17 minutes. Webcast is live here: youtube.com/watch?v=6nODVPGHQc

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According to fedidb.org, there are 39 #hometown servers which are home to 3.9k users who wrote 2.6M messages.

Mastodon is used by 3.3K servers, home to 3.17M users who wrote 485.7M messages.

If one does some really simple math: hometown has 67.5K messages per server, or 714 per user.

Mastodon meanwhile has ~145.5k messages per server but only 152 messages per user.

So how come hometown users write so much more?

Hometown is 99% the same as Mastodon. The main difference? Hometown allows posting local-only, meaning messages do not leave the instance and are only visible to those on the instance.

Here is a theory: servers focused on a specific community which in addition allow local-only posting create much more engagement. Even when, or specifically because, these messages are not visible in the larger network.

The numbers above are really back-of-the-envelope so there are caveats. There might also be other factors at play, such as self-selection. Talkative and community oriented-folks gravitate towards hometown? People join large mastodon servers and quickly leave?

Meanwhile, Mastodon has resisted local-only posting and in current official apps even remove the local timeline. This is (maybe??) good for network growth and large generic servers but is it good for communities? Is this really an alternative?

One thing I miss from bridsite on is the quick hover preview you get of a users bio, etc.

It's interesting scrolling my feed here in the and seeing so much interesting debate, thoughts, ideas, innovation about how to make these types of platforms better with more meaningful interaction. Having been a long time birdsite user it is also a little sad because if they had ever once really listened to their community instead of tried to boost engagement who knows where we might be. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Found the app which feels like a level up. You can post/check birdsite if needed and also supports Mastodon in either combined or separate timelines.

Interesting. Supports so it can federate with existing apps and standards. Really got me thinking why should governments and our tax dollars be propping up billion dollar corporations when alternatives exist? androidpolice.com/eu-launch-so

A group of friends started a Discord server to replaced a Twitter DM thread. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Is what it is. Discord is like it wants to be IRC so badly but at the same time just isn't. I'm having flashbacks to my IRC days and wondering what various commands don't work. It also reminds me of the talk I heard once a good while back that was like if you need a Web business idea ls /bin and see if you can convert anything there. Alarmingly accurate over the years.

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Here's a post-mortem of what we saw on #Fosstodon over Monday and Tuesday with the influx of new members from Twitter.

Thought you fine folks would be interested in something like this.

hub.fosstodon.org/elon-twitter

So in an effort to hedge against Twitter being my primary news source, which it had become, and be more I setup Tiny-RSS on my NAS and updated my RSS feeds. At first it felt like it was 2005 again. Honestly though it's kind of refreshing to have the concept of mark as read back. I do miss at times following individual space journalists particularly in the arena but overall it's been an interesting rediscovery.

There was also concern that for those who want "reach" and "to be found" that federation isn't a good answer. I'd argue it isn't hard to be found here if you want to be with Hashtags and Directories even easier than other places in someways. As for reach I think the walled garden lock-in of Twitter artificially inflates the reach of many accounts. To the extent federation minimizes that I'd say feature not a bug.

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So earlier I did a search on that bird website for and it was interesting. Criticism centered around trust (or lack there of) in admins, disappearing instances, and identity validation. Ultimately I wish things were more turn key for those wanting to run their own instances and have that control. It seems to me ultimately the Fediverse/Mastodon are a social experiment in trust of instance/admin. Ultimately I hope people can find an instance they trust and believe in. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Thoughts?

Hi I'm Justin aka BTJ I'm very new here and running my own private instance. Very intrigued by the concepts of the fediverse and otherwise general geeking on the things my bio indicates. Also curious if there are other space nerds/instances out there.

has arrived at ! Until the reaches critical mass and has their own instance/node I'll represent here. πŸ‘πŸ‘©β€πŸš€πŸ‘¨β€πŸš€πŸš€

And now to ensure there's some space content here. Which comes courtesy of an RSS feed in my self-hosted Tiny RSS instance. Man is this 2022 or 2005?! πŸ˜‚
Ingenuity Mars helicopter snaps amazing photos of Perseverance rover's landing gear (video) | Space
space.com/mars-helicopter-inge

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My own Mastodon instance. It was inevitable really. So far this instance is an experiment and where it goes from here is evolving. My interests are space exploration, aviation, technology current & retro, soccer (football), and general geekery.

For right now membership will be extremely limited due to hardware constraints and other concerns. Unless you know me in IRL your request will probably go unanswered nothing personal.