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Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

You came here to leave behind algorithmic feeds, advertisement and annoying overruling billionaires. But, probably, you won't immediately delete all your corporate social media accounts. It's not easy, I get it.

The good news is that being active in different social media could mean experimenting with different social media behaviors. If corporate social media are spammy and attention-grabbing, why not using them only for the spammy and attention-grabbing posts, for the relentless self-promotion that many of us are sort of required to do for work?

Let's leave the eyeball-accumulation mindset to birdsite (that's what we call Twitter here), facebook and instagram. Free from that burden, we can make this a space of authentic exchange, not one where everyone shouts at one another while nobody is listening.

Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

@entreprecariat I hope this doesn’t come across bristly because I don’t mean it that way: I don’t really know what it means to accumulate eyeballs. I really think that very, very, very few people read anything I write over there. It’s a source of embarrassment and sadness. Nevertheless, there are some things I feel very strongly about and will write threads. Is that eyeball accumulation?

Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

@ultramagnus_tcv I guess this is instance/field specific. In my world, posting *only* announcements of one's own projects and publications can feel like accumulating eyeballs. The goal of the post is really to reach as many ppl as possible. My own instagram account is basically that. A twitter > mastodon crossposter is also a way to accumulate audiences throughout social media spaces without having to put the work of participating.

Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

@entreprecariat That's an interesting way to see this.
There is still a need to define what is spammy behavior and what is not, but also what is an interesting subject to talk about (depending on the space too) and what isn't. A place where people "try" to talk and exchanges about subjects of interest, strangely enough, is LinkedIn. I'm not sure I would like Mastodon to become an inspirational hell too ^^'.

Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

@mehdi_benadel yeah, it's all rule of thumb and instance specific. My instance, for example, has a pretty clear anti-spam rule :drake_like:

- T2F crossposting is spammy, F2T is praxis! No Twitter-to-Fediverse cross posting.However, feel free to do Fediverse-to-Twitter.

Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

@entreprecariat you know what? Yes. But. Here’s a thought: so many of these messages, of pretty much the same stripe. Do they do what they are meant to? I think I have read around 8 today alone. As an ex-birdsite peep, I get it. Oddly enough, as a motorcyclist, I get it too, when we all talk about cagers, and I get it amongst my farming friends when we talk about city folk, and I know what it is. It’s all good, we’ll all work out just fine, trust me. Much love…

Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

@spm2008 not sure I get what messages are you referring to! :unwanted_thinking:

Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

@entreprecariat oh :-) not from you, just a few floating around the ether. Generally see them on the federated timeline. :blobhappy:

Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

@entreprecariat why don't we just let everyone decide for themselves how to use which tool?

Modest proposal for Mastodon newcomers 

@polarity it's indeed a modest proposal :unwanted_love:

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