I'm writing an early draft of what I will and won't do with future .

For example,
🚫 I will never ever implant any technology into my body.
🚫 I will never upload my photos to that I don't control.
👍 I will only use encrypted chat.
👍 I will invest in code and content that I fully own (self-hosted and )
👍 I will divest time and content from platforms that I don't own (, , .

What am I missing?

Alright! All you bad influences have persuaded me, so behold: the new anildash.com/ Lots of shit is still broken, and I still have a decade and a half of archives to restore. But it should be pretty fast and look decent. Let me know what I screwed up.

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It brings me so much joy to learn that the student newspaper I helped start in the early 90s is still being published.

PSA: You create culture from the first click!

To all the new social platform creators [fediverse, post, hive, etc]

Want your space to be interesting &cross pollinating? A healthy place that lasts?

Forget scale - spend your energy on relational features, people and content.

Are there any iOS clients that *ahem* lets the user increase the font size. My 40-something eyes are no longer perfect.

I don’t want to increase the font size system wide. For some reason Mastodon clients are my only problem.

Federation does not fix moderation problems. Only moderation fixes moderation problems.

With Twitter's collapse, funders should start helping build up federated discourse: supporting development of better security, of moderation aids, of proposals for affordances welcoming to Black Twitter and other communities. Stop thinking top down. Start thinking emergent.
Stop thinking about how to help newspapers. Start thinking about how to help communities and culture speaking for themselves. This is a place to start.

One of the things about Tumblr and potentially Flickr adopting ActivityPub is that it brings the feeling of mid-2000s internet back, when we had APIs and were encouraged to build cool new interconnections. Before the web was stolen from us by advertising companies.

What are y’all doing for federated photo sharing? Posting photos to Mastodon? Blogging them? Using something like Pixelfed?

I'm really curious to see which #nonprofits are on Mastodon.

Can you please drop links below and share with me the ones you know are already here and active?


#Nonprofit #NPTech #philanthropy #SocialGood

2 days ago I requested to download my archive. The site said it takes about 24 hours. So far, I haven’t received a download link.

A warning about deactivating your birdsite account 

Your Twitter handle can be registered by anyone 30 days after deactivation. If impersonation is in your threat model, lock your account and park it.

This site makes me feel guilty about the fact I didn’t let mastodons on the Ark.

I have a request.

Bad actors will soon figure out - if they haven't already - that setting up impersonations of important organizations now will allow them to set off an explosion of chaos and confusion at a time of their choosing.

So if you run an account for an organization (especially #LGBTQ), please set up link verification between your Mastodon account profile and your organization's website.

If not, please boost.

Instructions are here under "Link Verification":


Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko has confirmed that ex-Twitter staff have setup their own server instance on Mastodon! Revenge is seemingly a dish best served cold! 😂😂😂

#Twitter #ElonMusk #Mastodon #EugenRochko


#Queer and #lgbt spaces need to continue to exist and be safe havens. When they are attacked it strikes a blow at the entire community. When they close and aren’t replaced it erodes the community. We need these safe spaces. 🤍🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️💔

Almost 180k new users joined #mastodon yesterday, a new record. This third #twitterMigration wave happened after Musk's Twitter 2.0 ultimatum to #Twitter workers. Each wave is stronger than the previous one. Here is my updated plot showing the three consecutive waves.

Leaving the beauty of Costa Rica for the snow and cold of Michigan.

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Aaron Bailey's Fediverse

Aaron Bailey's personal Mastodon server.