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Scholar.Social: A Mastodon Network For Teachers, Aaron B. Smith, Academic Aesthetic, Jun 02, 2017
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This post introduces scholar.social, a Mastodon server for teachers and educators. "scholar.social is not JUST for teachers, but anyone involved in academics. The tag line they use is  'The Mastodon profile that you’re not embarrassed to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference.'" [Direct Link]


The rise and rise of Mastodon, Eugen Rochko, Medoum, Apr 26, 2017
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The developer of Mastodon, Eugen Rochko, offers this update following an exciting month that found the distributed social network software suddenly discovered and (it seems) accepted by people around the world. How accepted? "At the time of writing, the Mastodon network includes more than 486,767 users spread out among more than a 1,212 instances." Now we have to expect that a certain number of users are just test users, but his Patreon support also went from $700 to $3000 a month ... [Direct Link]


What I wish I knew before joining Mastodon, Qina Liu, Medium, Apr 13, 2017
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I've been on Mastodon for a while and have written about it previously, but if you're just looking at it now the first instance, mastodon.social, is now closed to new users. But the idea is that Mastodon is distributed so there are other instances you can join. When you do, you can find me at https://mastodon.social/@Downes. [Direct Link]


Experimenting with alternative social networks, D’Arcy Norman, D’Arcy Norman Dot Net, Dec 04, 2016
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As readers know, I dropped out of Facebook at the end of the summer. It felt lonely but it was a good move - the people who were missing my posts on Facebook came back, and viewership on downes.ca went from the 25K per month it had averaged to more like 40K per month. That's a big difference compared to the single-digit reads I was getting on Facebook. Anyhow, D'Arcy Norman is also looking at alternatives, having dropped off both Facebook and Twitter. He lists four services he's ... [Direct Link]