This is the official Mastodon account for the site switching.social.
It's a guide for non-technical people who are concerned about protecting their privacy online. It only lists easy-to-use sites and apps that are ethical and privacy-friendly.
You can find out more at https://switching.social
If you know someone who might benefit from this guide, please share the link with them!
New section on switching.social, for blogging alternatives. First entry is @write_as :
It would be nice to have a wider range of blogging alternatives too, perhaps alternatives to Tumblr, Blogger and Livejournal?
If you have any suggestions, let me know.
(#Plume is still in alpha testing)
#ActivityPub support is now available to everyone! 🎉 🎊
Write.as blogs don't federate by default, so to enable it you can either sign up with our new page: https://write.as/new/blog/federated, or if you're already on Write.as, go to your blog's Customize page and click "Enable federation"
Note this also includes support for custom domains. So if your domain is hosted with us, you can now choose your handle when you enable federation and your blog will be accessible in the fediverse!
If the goal is to make it easy for non-technical people who are already hesitant to get into Mastodon, I think the default UI of Mastodon itself should be easy for first-timers.
If you have to tell people to log in to yet another instance for things to be "easy" you've already lost.
Federated social networks are confusing enough as it is.
Given that these date back to 2017, I'm not hopeful for a quick fix. note the comments in the first issue: it's a blocker to adoption for some people and their friends / family. 🙁
Let your thoughts be known in the issues!
Great to see so many new people trying #Mastodon
Most common barrier for them seems to be the interface, but this could perhaps be made much easer with a single tweak of the Mastodon UI: allow a double-width home column, either optionally or as default.
Twitter has several columns like Mastodon, but the main feed is wider so it's always clear which column is which. There's a sense of focus that Masto lacks.
Has this been proposed? If not, can someone propose it?
I've also done a thread listing these and more resources on Twitter.
If you're on #BirdSite, please retweet this to help spread the word:
If you know someone who wants to make the switch, here are some resources to help them:
How does Mastodon work?
Mastodon info incl. mobile apps
Twitter-style interface for Mastodon
Mastodon Crossposting service
(M -> T currently blocked by Twitter, but T -> M works)
Do you want to use Mastodon with a Twitter interface?
You could try @halcyon , a service that lets you use any Mastodon account with a Twitter-style interface.
All you have to do is log in with your existing Mastodon account at any Halcyon instance, for example this one:
(More Halcyon instances and technical details here: https://notabug.org/halcyon-suite/halcyon )
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Hi Art Friends! I'm Lucy, I make comics about real-life adventures and feelings. I'm a tall ship sailor, a cartoonist, a teacher, and a traveler. I'm currently on a huge national tour with my new book, 100 Demon Dialogues! Say hi!
RT @TimHarford@twitter.com: "Zuckerberg -- who says privacy isn't a value that's important to most people any more -- owns the four houses on either side of his Silicon Valley house so that no one can use them as a perch to spy on him..." @firstname.lastname@example.org
It's limited to Public blogs right now (a paid feature) so we can slowly roll this out and plug holes as needed -- once I'm confident things are stable in the next few days, it'll be available to everyone for free.
You can read a bit more about the update, and I'd love to hear any feedback / ideas / bugs here! https://discuss.write.as/t/activitypub-support/64