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Just a bit of big industry news to cover today, as an update to the previous article talking about Elon Musk and Twitter — as the sale has completed. Plus a reminder on Mastodon and Nextcloud doing some fun social stuff too.

To get one thing out of the way: no, this is not gaming news, but we've covered big industry stuff for years. In this specific case, we (or should I say I), use Twitter a lot for sharing our news and interacting with people, spreading info about Linux gaming, Steam Deck and more. Follow GOL on Twitter here, our account is not going anywhere anytime soon.

It's certainly going to be interesting to see what happens, with changes already underway. For one, Musk said Twitter is now building up a "content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints" and that the verification process (where you get a blue tick) is also being revamped and they're even reportedly looking at charging people to stay verified.

Seems like a good time to remind people of alternatives, like Mastodon. We're on it too and have been for a long time now, you can follow GOL on Mastodon here. It's a little different to Twitter since it's open source and federated, it works a lot more like email: you sign up anywhere, or host your own, and then chat with everyone.

Linking into that, Nextcloud announced their own "Nextcloud Social" platform which will ship in Nextcloud by default, and it will have support for the the Activity Pub standard and Mastodon directly too. That could be interesting, as they have quite a lot of people using it.

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akselmo 31 Oct, 2022
Just stop using twitter.
Kimyrielle 31 Oct, 2022
Quoting: akselmoJust stop using twitter.

It's not that easy, at least not for everyone. If you are a person who has to maintain contact with the general public, you can't just NOT use what is one of the more important channels to reach them. It's like companies can just NOT say no to Facebook for similar reasons.

It's rather yet another example why we need stronger and stricter regulations for organizations like Twitter.
ShadMessa 31 Oct, 2022
I've already deleted my account.
Mountain Man 31 Oct, 2022
Quoting: dvdLet's be honest, this just means they won't ban as many nazis and dogwhistles will be probably OK there now. On an additional note, the reactionaries are such big fucking snowflakes: even as a non-american it's pretty clear that their propaganda flows freely from all mainstream sources. Censorship, of course... Crybabies...
The only difference, I think, will be that the Nazis and dog whistlers won't have a monopoly like they've enjoyed on Twitter for the past several years.
HxE 31 Oct, 2022
Quoting: dvdLet's be honest, this just means they won't ban as many nazis and dogwhistles will be probably OK there now. On an additional note, the reactionaries are such big fucking snowflakes: even as a non-american it's pretty clear that their propaganda flows freely from all mainstream sources. Censorship, of course... Crybabies...
Fighting nazism is affairs of law enforcement, not twitter's lol. If you see a nazi doing nazi things, write a report to police, maybe?
ElectricPrism 31 Oct, 2022
Let's use this opportunity to support Federated platforms.
ridge 31 Oct, 2022
Mastodon all the way for me. Nextcloud's take on social is interesting too to say the least, I run a Nextcloud instance for me and my friends on a Pi 400, doubt that thing can handle social at the same time though, haha..
tpau 31 Oct, 2022
GamingOnLinux should link Twitter in their Mastodon Profile and Mastodon on the Twitter Profile.
There are scrapers that help people to see if their favourite content is available on the other side as well like
https://pruvisto.org/debirdify or https://fedifinder.glitch.me/ .
Tell your friends, adjust your settings.
Arehandoro 31 Oct, 2022
Nextcloud is cool, but for people with scarce time, or zero knowledge, or too lazy, etc, they should offer a subscription as a service model (similar to what thegood.cloud does, but with full on functionality for emails, photo AI for organising them, etc). Otherwise, their market share will be still in the niche.

Oh, and instead of releasing their own social network, or their chat, it would be much better for resources and overall usage to implement things like Matrix and Mastodon directly.

EDIT: I see the latter has been done with Mastodon... sort of... with ActivityPub.


Last edited by Arehandoro on 31 October 2022 at 7:48 pm UTC
Nateman1000 31 Oct, 2022
The richest man on now has 100% control of the biggest discussion platform ever. Disgusting


Last edited by Nateman1000 on 8 November 2022 at 3:05 pm UTC
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