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Check out Mastodon, the slightly clunky but much friendlier Twitter alternative

Mastodons: Not as cool as mammoths, but pretty ok

By David Futrelle

Today, I’m taking time out from the regular manosphere horribleness to recommend something nice.

If you’re a Twitter user who’s gotten fed up with the platform and all the Nazis running rampant on it, or if you’ve stayed away from Twitter because of how nasty at is. you might want to check out Mastodon, a Twitteresque open-source social networking site that, at least at the moment, is way friendlier than Twitter, largely free of the nasty political sniping and trollery that’s ubiquitous on Twitter. It seems to be especially popular with leftish feminist types, making it essentially the anti-Gab, and there’s been something of a wave of defections to Mastodon in recent days.

Getting started on Mastodon is a little more confusing and cumbersome than opening an account on Twitter; among other things, you need  to pick a server (or “instance”) to log onto, and it’s a bit harder to find people to follow at first, but I think it’s worth the effort.

I got on the platform yesterday and it’s been a nice respite from Twitter nastiness. If you’re a regular reader of this blog I think you’ll find it a congenial place. Sure, it boasts only a fraction of the number of users as there are on Twitter, but once you find some folks to follow it’s busy enough to keep you interested.

You can sign up here; don’t worry about picking an “instance” up front — just go with the one they give you. (You can change it later.) If you have friends on Twitter who are also on Mastodon this somewhat clunky but functional web app will round them up for you so you can follow them, which is a good way to start.

It won’t take you much time to get used to the new lingo — on Mastodon, tweets are replaced by “toots” and retweets have become “boosts.” One bit of advice: Don’t bother with the “federated timeline.” It moves way too fast to keep up with.

If you want to use Mastodon on your phone or tablet, there are several apps to  choose from. The one I see recommended most often is Tusky, available on Android. (If any of you have other recommendations for the iPhone, or for Android apps you like better, post them in the comments.)

If you’re accessing Mastodon on the web, and  you find the multi-columned Mastodon interface too busy and/or confusing (I definitely do), you can check out a handy web app called Pinafore, which replicates the minimal one-column Twitter web interface. It’s what I’ve been using.

I’m not going to give up Twitter (@DavidFutrelle ); it’s got a much bigger reach and it’s better at delivering news. It’s also better for yelling about Trump; most Mastodon users (even those who aren’t shy about trashing Trump on Twitter) seem more interested in jokes and socializing than in rehashing the political takes that are everywhere on Twitter. A lot of people compare Mastodon today with Twitter as it was before the Trump Era.

Anyway, you can find me on Mastodon at DavidFutrelle@mastodon.social.; if you’re looking for people to follow, check out my follow list there.

For a more detailed how-to, see here. And for more on how Mastadon works and other stuff, here’s a decent if slightly dated intro to Mastodon. And another basic intro. And a longer one!

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weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee
3 years ago

Toy Soldier actually got banned here years ago. He kept blatantly lying and misrepresenting what everyone else was saying. From what I remember, anytime anyone disagreed with him about anything at all, he would claim that means that feminists don’t believe men who say they were abused by women. He was an odd and tedious kind of guy. He still blogs?

He was banned probably back in 2011. Way before my time. I read through the archives so I could experience the NWO slave/Meller troll heyday for myself. Unfortunately, there were low quality trolls back then too. He was one of them.

j
j
3 years ago

Mmhmm he does but much less so and his audience all but disappeared.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

I found his blog and he’s got a super transphobic post, so that’s a huge “nope” from me.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
3 years ago

Specifically, Toy Soldier stalked, harassed and threatened the absolute shit out of LBT, a regular at the time and male rape survivor himself (and yes, TS knew that – hell, that’s why TS focussed on him). TS is complete scum.

This was before I started posting, too, but I spend more time re-reading the archives than is probably healthy. ಠ_ಠ

j
j
3 years ago

He did that? Huh. Not surprised though. His constant ax grinding makes such a claim believable. Frankly, he’s the reason why I tumbled around the man-o-sphere. -shrug-

Just fyi, I’ve been on social media for about a decade now and never been abused or doxxed, despite occasionally getting into fights about controversial topics. It might be I’m just lucky, or it might be that I just don’t have enough of a presence to bother with. Or my being super careful has paid off, at least with the doxxing. Given I have a very feminine username, I’m actually rather surprised about the no abuse part.

That’s good to hear! Social media abuse can happen to anyone though at any time for any reason. Seems the real key is to never go viral? and after a brief attempt at a bullying campaign during the first year of high school I just said F facebook and everything else.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

@j
So what are your thoughts on him?

j
j
3 years ago

Um. Well. The fact that he’d stalk somebody and abuse them is just really gross and the fact that he somehow simultaneously advocates for male victims of sexual abuse while being one of those guys that’s universally critical of all women’s accusations of abuse make me think he’s a charlatan and an asshole?

Tedd
Tedd
3 years ago

One thing to notice, it’s due to it’s nature, the fediverse also has a good amount of alt-right, manly on their instances. It’s even in the Wikipedia page of mastodon.

meerkat
meerkat
3 years ago

Hey David, your Mastodon profile says you moved to bofa.lol but my browser can’t find that server. Is that still accurate?

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