@darius fwiw in my experience mastodon gained traction by having a pretty different pitch: "Twitter sucks, and is systemically banning vulnerable people. This will be better"
(with varients for other bad things twitter has done and other platform exoduses like tumblr or Facebook)
@nightpool I talked about that too, it's better but it's still strongly implying "you are currently in a cesspool, if you like it there there must be something wrong with you"
@darius not..... really? I mean, maybe for some people, but I joined basically on the same pitch but still use twitter and tumblr daily
@darius feels kind of weird, to me, to think of social media as a zero sum game like that
@nightpool yes but people think that way! Which is why I advocate for using explicitly non zero sum language in advocacy
@darius you're not wrong
@darius ISTM that some of the benefits are also at a wider, societal level (e.g. decentralization helps spread power, and we should avoid too much power in too small a group of hands), which feels like a harder needle to shift, but one that's at least as important (maybe more so). Some good slogans (c.f. "move fast and break things", or "this is for everyone" or "do the hard work to make it simple") would help. We need handy shorthand to popularise
@darius Oooh, I'm excited to read this when you do!
@darius I'm trying out the line of " you can have nice things like twitter without being the product / a big company tracking and selling you / seeing all those shitty ads". Small sample, but positive reception so far
Interested in reading!!
Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users.
If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other friend.camp users, and only ever @ mention other friend.camp users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet!