I recently posted the following post Why I gave up tweeting on Twitter and started tooting on Mastodon instead. I had been having a rough time on Twitter and deleted all my tweets and un-followed most of my followers and moved to Mastodon. It seemed (at the time) to be the chosen land of milk and honey. Very little in the way of trolling or aggravation and blissfully quiet.
Quiet. Yes, that’s a word that sums up Mastodon so very, very well. You know when you’ve been in a noisy environment and you get home and it’s still and quiet? For a while it’s nice just sitting there with no distractions, however the mind grows weary and restless after a while. You might start humming to yourself, tapping on your legs while you look around for something to do – sooner or later the TV or Radio is going on again!
It was the same with Mastodon. It was TOO quiet by far. It has still got its plus points as mentioned in the original post linked above but just not enough interaction (or people to interact with for that matter!) at the moment!
So yeah, I slunk back into Twitter and started posting my rubbish again. But I’ve come back with lessons learnt. I’ve subscribed to a block list on Block Together to keep the worst of the Twitter troll squad off my radar. I’ve also checked every box on my notifications screen to improve the quality of what I read on my twitter feed.
Finally adding a comprehensive list of words I do not want to see (#AutismSpeaks for example) into my muted words and phrases and BINGO a much cleaner, leaner and healthier twitter.
I’ve still got my Mastodon account but I check it infrequently. I have friends who post there more than on Twitter so I keep it mostly to keep in touch with them. Perhaps in the future if it picks up and becomes more popular I’ll go back. Until then I’m friends with the little blue bird again !
So hi ! I’m back and ol’ Copper Knickers himself is back on the tweet bandwagon again (and now he’s armed with 280 characters and he’s not afraid to use them ;p )