First news organization to stand up its federated Mastodon server with a trustable domain (e.g. http://follow.washingtonpost.com) and accounts for its staff for people to follow gets a prize.
Also, proposal for a standardized domain for news orgs, e.g. follow.bbcnews.com, follow.nytimes.com, and/or autodiscovery of a mastodon server for a parent domain e.g. a socialnetworks.txt
@Danhon There already is autodiscovery for mastodon, mind. Standard is returning a 301 on requests to /.well-known/finger or something like that.
You can add as many SRV records to your domain as you need, each pointing to a server (and port!) that hosts the service.
They also have a mechanism for specifying "priority" and "weight", for load balancing and failover.
@Danhon As an occasional reporter I've been pushing for this for ages, I'd LOVE to see local news orgs get on this.
There was one aimed at journos, but it got taken over by anti-vaxxers, the usual.
@Danhon Substack, IMO, needs to implement this ASAP. As more journos retreat to Substack as they flee Birdsite, they're going to be behind a visibility wall.
If Substack just adds this to their offering, then I can still follow Aaron Rupar and Parker Molloy in addition to subscribing to their newsletters.
@toon I think that works for accounts / how the Mastodon server itself does autodiscovery, but not necessarily from a server to discover the Mastodon server domain itself. Unless I'm reading the docs wrong. I don't see a /.well-known/ redirect for activitypub.
Shorter: I think webfinger is just for users?
@Danhon it’s meant for users but a client could use it to find out the ActivityPub server and redirect to it’s homepage I guess. But you’re right
@Danhon the French media Numerama opened its own instance in 2019-2020, but closed it down because of the high price tag for an independent media. It was hosted on social.numerama.com
@Danhon I like this idea... it sounds like a great use case for DNS records to indicate where clients can look for social network services.
@Danhon it's worth noting that Mastodon speaks ActivityPub, which means that news orgs may be able to publish to Mastodon from their existing CMS without running a Mastodon server.
My WordPress blog posts to Mastodon, but it doesn't *run* Mastodon. Not through a 3rd party bot, but by using the ActivityPub plugin to let people follow it in Mastodon.
@george publishing over ActivityPub still requires an account -- on a Mastodon server -- to publish to though, right?
@Danhon kind of. You need an account on *something* but it doesn’t have to be Mastodon.
@georgehotelling is WordPress. If you follow it you get new posts in your feed, that are sent out by the ActivityPub plugin.
You can follow PixelFed and PeerTube accounts on Mastodon, but they are running non-Masto apps and don’t require an extra Masto account for cross-posting
@Danhon bingo. That's what excites me about Mastodon, ActivityPub, and the Fediverse. It's open and you can expose a *lot* of things through it.
It reminds me of RSS in the early days, and fills some of the gaps left by Google Reader.
@Danhon in a different world this could have been what The Verge did with its redesign. A feed that lives in their property (but also accessible everywhere as part of that bigger federated thing) https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/13/23349876/the-verge-website-redesign-new-newsfeed-blogs-logo
@atrvrs in today's newsletter, in "some reasons to do this"
"It’s your brand! You’re a new media techco and your whole thing is investing in the tech and CMS and so-on that lets you integrate everything together and your name starts with a V and ends in ox Media."
@Danhon we need to have a catch up call. In the mental health affirmation sense, I will admit to feeling a bit hurt/unseen/uncredited by the above thread, but if you're going to pursue this, or advise others to do so, I just spent the past ~4 years trying to do exactly this, so may have some helpful insights? ❤️
@Danhon you missed the rel=me verification built into mastodon - if you link the author's byline page on the website to the mastodon page and back, you get a green tick ✅ in the mastodon profile. This can also verify other non-mastodon urls.
@KevinMarks @Danhon Ah, found https://barrd.dev/article/add-a-verified-website-to-your-mastodon-account-using-link-tag/, added a <link rel="me" to the ole blog.
@Danhon Dan, we’ve had similar thoughts. 😃
@fahrni yes! Though I'd argue you inherit more trust from an existing societally well-known org domain than bootstrapping from a new TLD.
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