Last Monday: Mastodon's an infuriating online tool:

Last Wednesday: Huh, Mastodon is pretty cool.

Last Friday: [Sends 2,000-word email to a friend who asked if Mastodon is worth paying attention to]

Today: [Posts 4,500-word expansion that email]

And major thanks to @toddbert + @acousticmirror + @emenel + @jasonw22 + @c_reider for the support as I came up to speed on Mastodon.

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Great essay. Your mentions of WordPress reminded me about BuddyPress, its social networking plug-in. Way back, I thought that was very exciting. I wonder if they ever tried to link up multiple BuddyPress networks, fediverse style.

@digits Oh yes! This must have been in the back of my mind.

@disquiet Nice to read your journey through the conceptual window. I agree the messaging of the Mastodon project is confusing. It is also not completely clear that instances are communities and I'd say quite often they are not? Furthermore, the project communicates that it doesn't really matter what server you are on (as you can follow anyone from anywhere) but that is also not the case.. Still wondering what are good non-technical metaphors to use to talk about this.

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