Simon Willison’s Weblog

4 items tagged “fediverse”

2023

Guppe Groups. This is a really neat mechanism for helping build topic-oriented communities on Mastodon: follow @any-group-name@a.gup.pe to join (or create) a group, then that account will re-broadcast any messages from people in that group who mention the group in their message. I found it via the histodons group. I was pondering how something like this might work this recently, so it’s great to see someone has built it already. # 26th January 2023, 7:45 pm

Jortage Communal Cloud. An interesting pattern that’s emerging in the Mastodon / Fediverse community: Jortage is “a communal project providing object storage and hosting”. Each Mastodon server needs to host copies of files—not just for their users, but files that have been imported into the instance because they were posted by other people followed by that instance’s users. Jortage lets multiple instances share the same objects, reducing costs and making things more efficient. I like the idea that multiple projects like this can co-exist, improving the efficiency of the overall network without introducing single centralized services. # 24th January 2023, 11:23 pm

2022

Mastodon is just blogs

And that’s great. It’s also the return of Google Reader!

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It looks like I’m moving to Mastodon

Elon Musk laid off about half of Twitter this morning. There are many terrible stories emerging about how this went down, but one that particularly struck me was that he laid off the entire accessibility team. For me this feels like a microcosm of the whole situation. Twitter’s priorities are no longer even remotely aligned with my own.

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