My recent post about getting back on Twitter didn’t exactly age well.

Since I wrote that on November 11, a lot has happened. Elon fired half the staff, alienated and otherwise led another 25-40% to quit (it’s not really clear how many are left). They introduced a new Twitter Blue with verification and then quickly walked it back after it all went terribly badly. That’s just the highlights.

With the World Cup starting tomorrow, and a Twitter that is apparently quite significantly crippled by staff departures, there are questions about whether they have the expertise and resources to keep the service up under the expected high load.

Yesterday Musk restored the accounts of Jordon Peterson and the Babylon Bee. Both had posted anti-trans tweets that were offensive and hateful. He’s considering allowing Trump back on Twitter now as well.

Suffice to say, I’m not impressed. I had a decent community of people there that I followed (and who followed me). Was it so valuable to me that I wouldn’t walk away from it? Probably not. If it falls over becomes unreliable, I’m out. If Trump is allowed back on, I’m also out.

What to do?

I’ve set up a Mastodon account and started to do the work to build a community of people there going forward. It’s not the same, but it’s going to work. I’ve already found a few new runners there to link up with and I’m sure as more and more people create Mastodon accounts that we can build up just as vibrant a community there as we have (had?) on Twitter.

There’s a bit of a learning curve with Mastodon. It’s like Twitter, but it’s not Twitter. There are things that are the same, and things that are a little different. I’m not the best person to explain it all, but Fedi.Tips is a great place to get the basics and start wading into Mastodon.

The first thing you’ll need to do is pick an instance. For many, the main mastodon.social instance is probably fine, but there are local instances (halifaxsocial.ca or mstdn.ca) and instances for specific interests (indieweb.social or fediscience.org). Maybe there’s an instance for runners? I don’t know but I’m willing to be there will be one at some point.

As I said in my previous post, hopefully Elon doesn’t completely destroy Twitter. But at this point, it’s starting to look more and more like it might not end all that well.