Dustin Wilson @dustin@dustinwilson.com

Remember the site made to honor the web’s 25th birthday? Cool URLs do die. webat25•org is dead.
Internet Archive FTW: web.archive.org/web/2014031214

Hey, #Keybase users: If you'd like to see Mastodon support in Keybase (which is just *perfect* in a federated network to verify people) and have a GitHub account: make sure to voice your wish, +1ing this comment on the related issue. That might make it happen!


You can now challenge someone to game of #chess over toots! castling.club/ 💪

It's actually a standalone server in the #fediverse, implementing #activitypub all by itself. 😃

When a subway station is a better programmer than you are...

A friend of mine runs a small business (5-10 people) and needs #email hosting. I was going to help him set something up, but does anyone have any insight into these services - or any other recommendations:






I'm still amazed by the state of that industry. Why paying for an eBook for nearly the same price as a printed book gives you a file you don't own and you can't use, while piracy gives you a file you can use like an actual book?

When buying a book, I can read it where I want, in as many places I want, on as many couches I want, and I can even lend it to a friend. And that's legal.

Wasn't technology supposed to make the future better?

I've been here since January, but since a lot of people have joined recently here's my .

I'm a , , and . I care passionately about and have advocated for them since the early aughts.

I primarily paint digitally but have an background in traditional , specifically oils and gouache.

I have a tendency to say a lot, but don't mind me. I'm just quoting The Librarian from .

mastodon is like when the mages guild gets fed up with the world's bullshit & lifts their island into the sky.

I woke up this morning, got dressed, and started driving to the grocery store. I go on Sunday because everyone else is getting ready for church. I was wondering why everything looked funny then I realized I didn’t put my contacts in.

Going to be one of those days I see.

Updating Mastodon this time was painless. That's nice.

My least favorite part about new folks logging in is the DM panic.

“Oh no, my DMs are unencrypted and can be read by the instance moderators and admins.”

“... just like every other social platform you’ve ever used, plus most email platforms.”

“Well, yeah, but on those other platforms the admins are a team of underpaid entry level employees at a faceless company, not a single person or small group of individuals that’s I can get to know”


It’s nice rediscovering here what I liked about Twitter a decade ago before the nazis and US and UK armageddon destroyed it.

This is what Twitter should have been in the first place, but Valley bros gotta make their millions first I guess.

If someone is being nasty on Mastodon, you don’t have to try to get justice from drawing attention to their nastiness and hoping enough people will be outraged enough to block and report them so that something happens.

Report them. Their moderator will actually see your actual report and will actually do something about it. I know it’s weird to think that could do something, but it does here.

Come on, you people. Of course, "what you refer to as Mastodon is actually..."
But hear me out. People think in brands. Like it or not. People are kind of dumb actually (all of us, including me in the most scenarios). Fediverse is kind of a complex concept to wrap their heads around for a lot of people. The word is kinda clumsy actually too. Especially for people who spent their whole lives on services like Gmail - they don't even really know what servers are!
Mastodon is, for now, the best place to start doing Fediverse. Like it or not.
So, if you're Pleroma or Misskey or whatever user, don't be bitter. Helps no one. Instead, talk to someone who came here the first time, follow them, favorite their posts - and do it from your Pleroma, Misskey or whatever social engine you use. That's how they'll discover that Mastodon is not the only option.