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 #ragequit 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 @firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you think?