I love massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), but I hate pick-up-groups (PUGs). Too often PUGs result in you being locked in a high-stakes part of the game with strangers when really, I want a low-stakes way to meet people before we dive into the heavy stuff.

I feel the same way about social media. I am excited for the growth of Mastodon on one level. I am also very wary of PUGs. The instance-level separation helps, but there are times when I still feel that stress peeking through.

The best dating advice I ever got was to remember that if someone ghosts me, they were probably a hired assassin who fell in love and couldn't finish the job.

This is a really good piece on why defederation works, and works well, for ensuring that we maintain a better fediverse.


Hello @histodons @digitalhumanities @admin @earlymodern @renaissance

Reposting my #introduction as my mastodon data was unfortunately lost -- please re/follow or boost if you detect common interests! Director of research data center and digital historian @CUBoulder. Known to post about #ResearchData #OpenScience #DigitalHumanities #EarlyModern Central/Northern European #DigitalHistory #Societies #Academies #ComputationalBibliography #Bibliodata #GLAMs. Sometimes #Hockey.

Do you want to own your very own magical portal to Aziraphale’s bookshop tucked away among your shelves? Look no more! This little book nook is going to be up for auction on November 30, with all proceeds to the Club Q shooting victims fund.
Entirely handmade from wood, it lights up and plays music (a music box rendition of the Good Omens theme).
#goodomens @neilhimself


Since Mastodon saw its initial popularity circa 2017, I've noticed that most users and those reporting on it either don't think about the Fediverse as anything more than Mastodon, or treat its history as beginning with Eugen Rochko and the beginning of Mastodon. In fact, Mastodon is the latest in a long line of federated social networks, going at least back to Identi.ca, and though I wasn't around for all of it,I find this history pretty interesting. (Thread; boosts welcome!)

@13ma1 That exhibit looks amazing! Thank you for sharing images from it.

I missed the heyday of the Automat, I can remember eating at a pale imitation of one as a young child but even then they were in serious decline.

It's nice to get a chance, through exhibits like this and the documentary, to see them come back to life in finer detail as a reminder of what was and what could be.

RT @conradhackett@twitter.com

In just 60 seconds, this clever video shows more than 200 years of change in country health, wealth and population size
Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/lmlrks/oc_our_health_and_wealth_over_221_years/

#Introduction time!

I'm a sociologist working at the intersection of cultural sociology, medical sociology, media studies, and STS.

I'm currently studying 'homebound' students and their use of telepresence robots in school (and digitalization processes in the public sector more generally). Theoretically, I'm pondering the relationship between interaction rituals and technology-mediated interaction ❤

#sociology #commodon #STS #QualitativeResearch #SocialTheory #telepresence #digitalization

Optimist: The glass is ½ full.
Pessimist: The glass is ½ empty.
Excel: The glass is January 2nd.

Hi Mastodon 👋 Jumping on the #introduction train so here is a little about me:

🏛️ PhD candidate in my 2nd year at The University of Sydney

📚 researching how to use #socialmedia for #healthcommunication to #youngpeople specifically during #publicheath #emergencies like #COVID19

🧐 fascinated by all things #science #scicomm #media #popculture

Keen to connect with other #academics doing #digitalhealth #research 📱🤝
@academicchatter @academicsunite @phdstudents

I watched The Automat documentary last night. It was a remarkable film.

Automats have always intrigued me both as aesthetic structures and as artifacts of urban and technological history.

By tracing the rise and fall of these iconic places and what they came to represent through the voices of people, many of whom are no longer here, the film evoked a sense
of doubled loss. It was fascinating, nostalgic, and heartbreaking all at once.


Greetings! #introduction time!

This is my first time on Mastodon and am excited to be here! I'm an SRE/DevOps/Kitchen sink tech person. I like Linux. I like helping people learn Linux.

Outside of tech I'm a father, husband, and I enjoy bikes. I believe in safe streets and am a fan of the Strong Towns movement.

Also, I'm bi :QueerCat_Bisexual: and proud of it.

The thing where Tumblr and maybe Flickr are embracing ActivityPub is just so interesting to me

For years now the single biggest challenge in launching new social software has been bootstrapping new social graphs for your users

Around 2010 the answer was to use FB and Twitter APIs, but those have got more restricted over time and don't really feel like a safe bet to build on in 2022

Having smaller (but still huge!) networks embrace an open standard feels like a HUGE leap forward

Smartphone users..

Please boost for visibility

Two new palettes now available in "Nightshade" (I didn't forget you, goths) and "Strawberries and Mint".

Alt text: Finding and Evaluating Online Information Sources [2 infographics in purples and rose pinks]

Librarians and Educators (and anyone who wants them):

You can download high-resolution PDFs of these infographics here ❤️‍🔥:


#InformationLiteracy #InformationRetrieval #librarian #CriticalThinking #KnowledgeMobilization
#workflow #productivity

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