Going dark on Twitter

soaring seagulls in the sky

Although I have been on Mastodon since about 2016, I only started using it pretty actively in the last month or so. Since then I have grown to really enjoy using the service. There are increasing numbers of people joining various Mastodon instances and enriching the broader Mastodon network.

I have almost stopped using Twitter directly. Instead, I follow select Twitter profiles and Twitter lists that I created in my feed reader, Inoreader much like I follow websites using RSS.

I initially used a cross-posting service to post from Twitter to Mastodon whenever I tweeted something. I then switched that around to post to Twitter whenever I posted on Mastodon (yup, we’re “posting” on Mastodon now, not “tooting”). This doesn’t feel like something I want to continue doing anymore, so I disabled the cross-poster this morning.

I like Mastodon for various reasons. Sure, I don’t see updates from people who made Twitter so interesting (yet). Hopefully they will start posting more on Mastodon soon. In the meantime, there are a lot of really interesting people across many Mastodon instances who I do follow, and who I enjoy following.

In short, Mastodon has become my primary social network, to the point where I created my own instance. That’s not to say that I’m going to Twitter, or anything like that. At the very least, I’m not giving up my Twitter handle. I’m just not going to post there much going forward, if at all. I just feel uncomfortable adding my tiny contributions to what Musk is doing to this platform.

So, if you’re heading to a Mastodon server to test the waters for yourself, look me up at @paul@digitalstuntfactory.com

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