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Title: Twitter vs. Mastodon: On Leaving the Titanic
Slug: twitter-vs-mastodon-on-leaving-the-tianic
Title: Twitter vs. Mastodon: On Abandoning the Titanic
Slug: twitter-vs-mastodon-on-abandoning-the-titanic
Summary: I vent some frustrations about the 800 lbs blue bird.
Date: 2018-06-16 11:15
Category: Social
Tags: mastodon, twitter
Status: draft
Meta-Image-Square: /media/2019/07/mastodon.png
Meta-Image-FB: /media/2019/07/mastodon.png

I'm frustrated about Twitter vs. Mastodon[ref]I'm using this as shorthand to
mean "microblogging over ActivityPub," sorry Pleroma/GNU Social/other
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we've come to expect from the moderation teams of big platforms: rules are
inconsistently enforced, mod teams suffer [inhuman][2] [conditions][3] and don't
always make the decision we expect or want, trolls routinely weaponize
moderation tools against already-marginalized groups.
moderation tools against the marginalized groups those tools are meant to
protect.

I've been off Twitter since October 2017 and finally deleted my account late in
2018. As someone who already left that particular flavor of toxicity behind,
I've been off Twitter since October 2017 and finally deleted my account in
late 2018. As someone who already left that particular flavor of toxicity behind,
it's frustrating watching this same story play out over and over.

People want Twitter to get better. They want to fix it. Twitter was great for a
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I respect that this is not an easy calculus for some people. I exercised a ton
of privilege deleting my own Twitter. The platform is hugely important to some
people's revenue streams, especially content creators. There are crossposters in
both directions to help you, if you need them. (Just please don't set up and
then abandon a Twitter to Mastodon crossposter, I beg you.) Every engagement you
both directions to help you, if you need them. (Just, please, I beg you, don't
set up a Twitter to Mastodon crossposter only to ignore it.) Every engagement you
make on Twitter helps entrench that platform. You get something from them, but
they are taking whatever they can from you, and giving back as little as
possible completely on their own terms.
possible completely on their terms.

Fixing any of the complex problems we face these days takes effort. It's easy to
be a naysayer. If you have the spoons, please come and be part of the solution.
This is the herd immunity of social media. Fixing any of the complex problems we
face these days takes effort. It's easy to be a naysayer. If you have the
spoons, please come and be part of the solution.

[1]: https://twitter.com/GynoStar/status/1146050207618088960
[2]: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/25/18229714/cognizant-facebook-content-moderator-interviews-trauma-working-conditions-arizona

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