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November, 2022: 29 posts.

Twitter went private, then it got weird.

I’ve been using twitter since October 2006. That’s not a short amount of time to be using a service. 16 years!

It’s deeply weird to return to what was once called “internet time.” Internet time was what we called the era where brand new web pages or services would pop up and get massively popular overnight. Think about Hot or Note or Nosepilot or Flash games that made the rounds quickly. To see Mastodon suddenly get tons of interest and activity (I joined in December 2021).

This here blog persists.

Instagram seems like it’s felt no impact from the changes.

I suspect Facebook usage numbers have had no change.

Twitter however has been eroding as people try to reckon with what the new owner who took it private thinks the site needs. I’m not sure a $20 $8 per month charge for Twitter verification was what it was crying out for.

Given the Twitter destabilization and the Mastodon growth I’ve been thinking about “Hot Tubbing” a bit. I remember the old Webmonster mailing lists – awesome discussion of web tech in the late 1990s. I think they made some managerial change or structural change — I can’t even remember what it was — but it was enough for a mass exodus to take place and WebDesign-L and Evolt I think were created out of that.

Moderating an online community–which is to say–governing a group of people–is not easy. It’s hard work. The satiric and yet accurate Hey Elon: Let Me Help You Speed Run The Content Moderation Learning Curve is an excellent short distillation of just some of the issues any large community faces on 21st century earth.

It’s an interesting time. Which is to say, it’s a mess.


Back in 2019 I first heard of Mastodon. I saw this: a Pi Zero with stats back at XOXO in 2019.

Since the Twitter changes, I’m using my Mastodon account more than my Twitter account.

Simon Willison recently wrote Mastodon is just blogs, having blogged for twenty years I definitely feel that. Anyway, read Simon’s post. It’s thoughtful and good.

Predicted. Quote of the Day

Running Twitter Isn’t Rocket Science. It’s Harder by Clive Thompson.

In the near future, Musk and his engineers may yearn for the days when their hardest job was merely landing reusable rockets.

from October 29 of this year

California State of Emergency for COVID-19 ends in February.

QOTD: Code

The sooner you realize that ALL code is temporary trash destined for the garbage heap of history, the sooner you can start making rational decisions.

From Technical Debt is a Choice

I’m over on Mastodon

For those few of you who also follow my Twitter account you may have noticed a severe drop off in my participation on that site. The overall quality of interaction there, along with the aggressively poor behavior of the owner has been enough of a prompt for me to step away from it to a good extent. I’m not deleting my account nor am I making a commitment never to post there again, I have learned a great deal, made friends, and enjoyed it in the past. But it seems as though a less centralized scheme is the future of sites like that, the “Fediverse” includes a piece of software called Mastodon, which implements a protocol called ActivityPub, which allows for a kind of service made of multiple services which run Mastodon. It’s similar to the way the internet is a “network of networks.” That all may seem slightly confusing but if you manage to get an account going you can follow me as — thanks and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

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