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Further into Mastodon

Joining Mastodon in 2017 turned out to be a positive change for me. Twitter had been making me depressed and anxious, and I needed a way out. At that point Mastodon – an open source social network – was unfamiliar to me and seemed rough around the edges. But the people I found there were compelling, and the interactions were weirdly real and non-algorithmic feeling. I was hooked.

This week, I began administering my own server in the Mastodon network. I’m not doing the technical bits of system administration; I’ve left that to the much more skilled people at Mastohost. But I’m now actively managing my little corner of the Mastodon network. Mastodon has powerful tools for moderation and countering abuse. These allow me to 100% decide what I want to allow in my timelines and on my server. It feels very positive and constructive.

Anyhow, it’s a work in progress. I’ll report back once I’ve put some more miles on it!

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