March 2024

It's Not Safe to Click Links on X

Unless you're cool if it redirects you somewhere malicious.

#social media #security

November 2023

… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Pink-Slipped

On a particularly bad day for digital media, a thought about where we should go next. Hint: Let’s stop talking about scale.

#social media #economics

July 2023

Elon Musk’s Twitter rebrand to ‘X’ is a total disaster. Here’s what’s happened so far

#social media #disaster

Since the Reddit debacle, I've been paying attention to Lemmy again, and more recently kbin (collectively known as the Threadiverse). The good news: this time around, some instance admins have a clue for a change, and talk about building community. Trouble is, they still de-emphasize people. Tip: any community is made of people, pretty much by definition. News and discussions don't just hang in the sky, much in the same way bricks don't.

Also, they still don't get privacy over there. Hard pass... again. Maybe third time will be the charm. But not this year.

#social media #updates

June 2023

Consent and the fediverse

#social media #ethics

Reddit is made out of people

What I am saying is that a principle of ‘first do no harm’ is a necessary first step on any journey to profitability.

#social media #ethics

May 2023

Write What You Want to Know: Building Cultures of Curiosity in Lit

#books #politics #social media

April 2023

Goodbye Blue Bird.

#social media #art #ethics

The Tone Policing Paradox

#social media #attitudes

March 2023

Mastodon in 2023: people complain about toxic positivity, but if you ever post anything the least bit negative... they yell at you. Also they advise everyone to interact with others, but if you ever reply to them at all, you're a reply guy.

#social media #updates

January 2023

"Metaverses will be the digital equivalent of huge empty cities without character or community"

#big tech #social media #ethics

December 2022

La dure réalité de la « scalabilitée »

French language post about what it really takes to run a Mastodon instance and scale it as more people gather.

#fandom #social media #computers

Elon Musk's team is seeking new investors for Twitter

#social media #finance

A Case Study on Raspberry Pi’s Incident on the Fediverse

#social media #business #culture

November 2022

Why Twitter Didn’t Go Down: From a Real Twitter SRE

Corrolary: when it does go down, it will go down hard.

#social media #programming

Let's put it this way: on this strange alien planet called "society", we figure out how to behave by paying attention to those around us and trying to act like them. Sometimes we get it wrong. Sometimes they yell at us, and only forgive us later if at all. You can ask, but people don't always know why a certain custom exists, or aren't very good at explaining. That's life. That's how it works. What did you expect, step-by-step instructions?

#social media #updates

Twitter alternative: how Mastodon is designed to be “antiviral”

Friction is good for you. What a surprise. (Not really.) Speaking of which: dude, IP blocking is a thing, too. Don't push it.

#social media #software #design

Home invasion

Mastodon's Eternal September begins I used the same words only days before. But here's the thing: not in a bad sense.

#social media #culture

October 2022

4 Twitter features Mastodon is better for not having

#social media #software #design

Notes on Twitter

So, last night Elon Musk bought Twitter! Let’s talk a little bit about what I think the future holds.

#social media #business

More Mastodon Scraping Without Consent (notes On Nobre Et Al 2022)

#social media #science #ethics

September 2021

Facebook Is Censoring People For Mentioning Open-Source Social Network Mastodon

#big tech #social media #ethics

August 2021

Combatting online racist abuse: an update following the Euros

(from Twitter UK) Key insight: anonymous accounts are NOT the issue.

#social media #racism

Mastodon Is Dead, Long Live Misskey

#social media #software

July 2021

How to Make Twitter Suck Less

#social media #software

December 2019

How Artists on Twitter Tricked Spammy T-Shirt Stores Into Admitting Their Automated Art Theft

#social media #art #business

May 2019

Anti vax movement: Russian trolls fueled anti-vaccination debate in U.S. by spreading misinformation on Twitter, study finds

#america #health #social media

April 2019

Why Won’t Twitter Treat White Supremacy Like ISIS? Because It Would Mean Banning Some Republican Politicians Too.

#social media #free speech

December 2018

The (Straight) Male Gaze Rules on Sanitized Social Media

#social media #gender #sexuality

April 2018

Blushy-Crushy Fediverse Idol: A Chat with Lain about Pleroma

#social media #software

February 2018

The Do-Everything System: An in-depth review of Hubzilla 3.0

#social media #software

February 2013

Applebee’s Overnight Social Media Meltdown: A Photo Essay

#social media #business #culture