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Twitter agrees to Elon Musk buyout, a reminder we're on Mastodon

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Today, one of the biggest things on the social internet happened, with Elon Musk buying Twitter. So here's a little reminder of Mastodon. Not our usual news, but it's too big to be ignored. Twitter is a massive and important platform and now it's going to be wholly owned by Elon Musk. Regardless of your thoughts on Musk, it's still a little alarming.

Good news for those who do dislike Musk, as there is a great alternative available with Mastodon. Not perfect, nothing is, but it is a good option to try. It's very much like Twitter except it's free, open source, has no adverts and anyone can host their own instance. Thanks to how it's designed, people can follow and talk to each other across these instances too.

GamingOnLinux is on Mastodon, so feel free to give us a follow. If you don't care about this whole thing, you can also follow us on Twitter.

From the Press Release:

Bret Taylor, Twitter's Independent Board Chair, said, "The Twitter Board conducted a thoughtful and comprehensive process to assess Elon's proposal with a deliberate focus on value, certainty, and financing. The proposed transaction will deliver a substantial cash premium, and we believe it is the best path forward for Twitter's stockholders."

Parag Agrawal, Twitter's CEO, said, "Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world. Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by the work that has never been more important."

"Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," said Mr. Musk. "I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it."

It will be interesting to see if Musk does open up more of Twitter.

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psymin 10 years Apr 25, 2022
This is wonderful news!

Regardless, we should all be using Mastodon (or any ActivityPub service).

I get most of my GoL news through their Mastodon presence.
Koopacabras Apr 25, 2022
I didn't realize that twitter was a cornerstone of democracy until now /s last time I checked Jamiroquai was using it to spread false information./s
TrainDoc Apr 25, 2022
Quoting: KoopacabrasI didn't realize that twitter was a cornerstone of democracy until now /s last time I checked Jamiroquai was using it to spread false information./s
Bumadar Apr 25, 2022
Quoting: GuestWonderful news! Very interested to see what they open source.

A megalomaniac billionaire who does not tolerate criticism buys twitter, what could go wrong....

As for the opem source, so what, open source twitter algorithms won't be any better or worse then if they would be closed source. He had to loan a lot of $$$ to make this happen, he will want to make a profit.
Kithop Apr 25, 2022
Deleted my Twitter & Facebook accounts many years ago at this point (I even had a Facebook account back when you had to sign up with a college/university e-mail) and glad I did.

Reminder that 'Mastodon' is not a single site, it's a software stack using a W3C protocol (ActivityPub, so the flagship/example site isn't any more 'Mastodon' than Yahoo Mail or GMail is all of 'E-mail' (though lots of people don't make that distinction in the latter case either).

There's a community browser for those that meet certain criteria up at, or if you're so inclined, you can host your own - standalone, with Docker, or leverage something like YunoHost.

You can opt to keep registrations closed on your own instance, and just have your own private vanity site, do it invite-only for friends, etc., and then you and any fellow admins can fairly easily moderate as you see fit, including the fun instance-wide federation stuff - a particularly bad actor / spammy instance harassing you or your users? Add its domain to the filter, and then your server simply won't accept any of their traffic.

Or, if Mastodon specifically isn't your thing, with it being an open protocol, there's other implementations you can choose from, with of course varying levels of compatibility. You can also opt to run the Mastodon backend, but swap the front-end out for a different feel.

Unlike corporate social media being at the whims of shareholders, or the board, or private investors, advertisers, etc., we can have our own, independent communities, and choose who we associate with (or not). That is empowering by design, at the root of it all, way more than even the richest people on the planet can hope for with purchases like these.

Now, when do we figure out how to help get Matrix/Element up as a viable Discord replacement, next? ;)
natis1 Apr 25, 2022
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Twitter is one of the worst platforms on the internet. Its algorithms and formatting are intentionally designed to destroy any nuance and promote the most disagreed with positions at the top of every reply. Yet ironically it's still an echo chamber because of the lack of dislikes and the moderation tools each user has for replies. It's basically Reddit if Reddit only sorted by controversial. Plus it runs absolutely terribly on mobile unless you use their app.

While it's not impossible, I find it hard to imagine Elon making it any worse of a platform.
dibz Apr 25, 2022
Fixing freedom of speech on Twitter? How so?

About the only things that come to mind are Trump and COVID misinformation type stuff being blocked/censored.
akselmo Apr 25, 2022
I haven't actively used twitter for months. I replaced it pretty much completely with mastodon, except I have gamedev only account on twitter (i really never use except to announce something)..

And I have been much happier.

Join fediverse, it's good.
denyasis Apr 25, 2022
Regular People actually use Twitter?

I always thought it was a thing famous people would use to get noticed in/on actual news sites....

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pete910 Apr 25, 2022
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Quoting: KithopDeleted my Twitter & Facebook accounts many years ago at this point

Never had any of them to begin with Not even snapcrap or whatever its called!
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