I've been seeing a lot of negative toots today about misuse and abuse of a federated service. Mainly around the identity theft and misrepresentation of people and brands across different instances. I hope it doesn't snowball.

Mastodon has the potential to be a major player in the social world once it fixes it's minor annoyances.

@dredmorbius It would be cool if that could also work for hashtags :thumbsup:

@alexgamela :astonished: You're not to mention the 'birdsite' on mastodon on pain of death (joke!) :wink:

@pmakholm Isn't that where hashtags come in? Hash the <subject> and people will find it. What would be nice would be if you could setup up email-like filters; ie if <from> && <subject> = show me content.

Being as tomorrow is eve, have any parkrunner's made it onto yet?

It would be interesting to hear where you are planning to run on Saturday. I'll be heading to Basingstoke, UK for my 67th event.

Hi everyone. I'm middle-aged, cranky, hate pretty much everything, and I write about stuff a lot. I'm rude, highly inappropriate, and going through mid-late life crisis, so even talking to me is like a huge chore.

Who wants to be my friend?

@anton I am lazy with languages. I never saw any need to learn them in the late 70's/80's but the web has opened up the world now. Too late for this old dog to learn new tricks.

I haven't seen so much French in 35+ years. No idea what any of it says. Apologies for my ignorance - I'm English. Is there a language filter on here?

@Geekster yes but it's easy enough to block/report when spotted.

@dredmorbius @futuretro Does the federation mean it's like IRC relays? There could be a whole other network for the underworld / darkweb?

@anton I've always tried to use hashtags sparingly so as not to muddy the waters. It's like the proverbial 'needle in a field of haystacks' other wise.

@dredmorbius Cheers for the advice. I've been watching the TL's but most of what I've seen is people floundering around in the dark.

I very much like the idea of a FOSS social media platform but have teething problems with Mastodon at the moment.

Not sure how to find subject matter or people to follow. Search brings back no results for popular subjects like , or . Am I missing something?

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