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This is not Twitter with a different interface. We're all here *because* it's different.

Nobody cares how many followers you do or do not have. Boosts are *always* endorsements.

There are no prizes for being the first to announce BREAKING NEWS. This is a community, not a competition.

Check in once a day. Or once a week. It's ok. See what your friends are up to. Say hi. Then go outside and touch some grass. Be here for a good time not a long time.

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This is not LinkedIn.

Nobody wants to read your Instapaper. We don't want you to be an Influencer. You don't have to perform. You're not obliged to follow back. We want you to be your own weird self.

You have 500 characters (or more) for each toot. If you're about to start writing the third toot of your EPIC 🧵THREAD, get a blog.

This is a different thing altogether. Embrace the cosy web.

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@hugh

KeEp FeDiVeRsE wEiRd

@hugh I'll shitpost by a letter if I want and these shitposts will start with N, all while having 500000+ characters to work with

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@hugh I think that suggesting that people not write long threads is unnecessarily exclusionary. I agree that if you have a lot to say, you should consider having maintaining a blog and post links to the blog. But speaking as a person who both blogs *and* writes long replies to messages, I think that being harsh about long threads is also not the epitome of "cosy web".

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@trishalynn @hugh I like that this new space is not like the old space, but I think rules and “shoulds” make it hard for new people to feel welcome. I’m enjoying making connections and participating in discussions, I look forward to long threads and Influencer content as well! And I think I will be able to filter much better here since the Algorithm isn’t forcing me to see things I don’t want to see. I hope, anyway!

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@trishalynn @hugh @phoebe same, this place wouldn’t be the same without long journeys. I thought Mastodon was about doing social media the way you’re comfy with that still respects other people.

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@trishalynn @hugh agreed! I was going to favorite this post until I got to that part. The problem with blogs is that you get no engagement, and it's daunting when there's absolutely no word limits (instead of like here where even if you break something into a thread it gets silly fast if you go long). It's way better here overall, even if sometimes your thoughts don't immediately fit into 500 characters.

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@alexispurslane @hugh Alexis, I totally understand how it can be discouraging to get no engagement on a blog post. However, I think that one way to overcome the disappointment is to think of blogging as a way to refine a social media thread before setting into stone one's thoughts. An example I can think of is how one can collect all the "parts" of a thread and set them into a blog post format later, where you can then refine some of your statements.

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@hugh

I'm a big fan of long threads, but I am deeply supportive of this:

"This is not LinkedIn"

👏

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@continuation @hugh i saw someone else mention that if you thread you can make the first one public and then the replies unlisted - seems like a good idea.

Not spamming the TL and letting people opt in seems nicer.

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@JacksonBates @hugh

Thank you for pointing this out, I was thinking about that. Not a big deal for huge instances, but for smaller ones and for your followers, such a great tip! 🙏

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@JacksonBates @continuation @hugh oh that is a really good idea, damn. I'll do that!! Also, maybe CWing long rants.

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@alexispurslane @hugh @JacksonBates
I’m definitely going to try it out, but I was thinking also that isn’t it true hashtags aren’t searchable unless they’re in posts marked as public? This would mean making sure the first post had all the tags in it. Or maybe even better would be making the last post in the thread public too and summarizing all the relevant tags there…

@hugh Hi. ADHD person here. I work so much better with toots than with blogs. It's just how my brain works, I guess.

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@hugh couldn’t agree with you more on this. The little time I’ve spent on the platform that’s the sentiment that I got. Twitter feels like a race of gurus on different areas. Everyone is trying to share their wisdom through threads.

@hugh im glad that it's not Twitter nor LinkedIn. Both of these platforms are cancerous. Thankfully here I don't have to pretend or compete. I can be my weird autistic self and that's okay 🤗

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