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The noted English diarist Samuel Pepys is now live-tooting in real time from 1665:


(Courtesy of timetraveller @philgyford )

p.s. Yes, I know this isn't a privacy-friendly alternative to anything, but it just seems so cool :blobsunglasses:

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.

( is still in alpha testing)


This isn't much help right now, but there's a project in development at:


When it's released it will apparently support all Kindles from 4th generation onwards (which seems to be the one you have?).

They'll also support Kobos and Nooks.

#ActivityPub support is now available to everyone! ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽŠ :fediverse:

Write.as blogs don't federate by default, so to enable it you can either sign up with our new page: 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!


There's an important psychological privacy feature in federation: if your users can switch to another instance without leaving the network, an instance admin is less likely to abuse their power.

A big part of the reason Facebook, Twitter, Google etc do what they do is because they think users have no real choice but to accept their terms and conditions.

If e.g. FB was forced to federate, it would lose a lot of users with each privacy breach.


You can now mention pixelfed users, will be releasing more AP support this week!


I will be back in dev soon for #mastalab. Please, let me know what features are a top priority for you. I will use this thread for dev. Thanks for your suggestions.
Bug fixes are also welcome :)

@vitria @mwpdx

The minimalist blogging service @write_as is federating with too.


A wider column option would be great for new users, if that's at all possible. It would help people transition from Twitter much more easily.

The multiple identical columns seem to be the main intimidating thing for new users?


Is @crossposter the kind of thing you mean?

By the way, if you're sharing Insta posts, maybe @pixelfed might be a good option too?


It's not for me, it's for the switching.social site.

The idea is to give people alternatives, some people prefer desktop clients.

Hello desktop users!

Can you recommend desktop Mastodon clients/apps for Windows, Linux and Mac?

(Preferably ones that are easy to install and use.)


That is what the relays are for, they are coming in the next release ๐Ÿ‘

@Stoori @gargron @switchingsocial

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.


Wow... it's a huge topic!

It gets difficult because there are so many different kinds of ethical clothing: high price, low price, environmentally sustainable, worker-friendly etc.

Maybe the easiest option is to buy second hand clothes: cheap, zero environmental impact (you're actually stopping them going into landfill) and zero sweatshops. If you buy it from a charity shop, the money goes towards a good cause too.

But I'm not any kind of expert on this :/

But it's an important issue!


Apparently they did. I don't think it was connected to having wider columns though!


Pinafore seems a bit confusing too :/ Does "add instance" mean log in?