I think this is also an issue when you have similar-ish, but not identical features between Twitter and Mastodon.
My understanding of Mastodon (this may be wrong though) is that ‘liking’ a post is pointless anyway as it’s not really a ‘like’ to show support for it (no-one ever sees how many people have liked a particular post in total), it’s just a ‘like’ as in ‘I’d like to bookmark this so that I, personally, can find it again’.
The only way to show support or agreement with a topic on Mastodon is to retoot it.
I suppose ‘pointless’ was a bit harsh. What I mean is that over on Twitter, the Mighty Algorithm also uses ‘liked post’ to then show posts with more interactions (likes) to other people - meaning that it’ll get more views.
Over on Mastodon, the only way for a post to ‘go viral’ is if everyone reading it actually retoots the message manually themselves.
This is entirely @ndrw’s fault for buying a new Mac. But in gathering my resources (one being techlore) for which Mac settings to change, I decided to probe to see where they’d gone to following the whole Twitter thing, being a little privacy advocate organisation I generally like. They’ve moved to https://social.lol/ The Masterdon server of omg.lol.
It’s $5 per year. Seems like a solid community. Relatively young so a good selection of usernames still being available. Runs a bunch of other services for the fee too and has their own Statuslog service. Reminds me a bit of Micro.blog which itself could be viewed as a potential alternative to Twitter.
All in all, I think this is the mastodon server I’ll be joining should I ever sign up, as unlikely as it may be given I’m not all that into social media in the first place. Alternatively I’d roll my own, but I like the package here. And as much as I’d hate to agree with Elon Musk’s business plan for Twitter, locking a community behind a paywall does tend to keep your villains away. Also in this case, it means you’re not the product. Does anyone else miss App.net?
I did also consider the infosec.exchange instance. Some of my friends are on that one. In the end though, I’d rather something with a less niche/specific name and something more general. omg.lol looks friendly and fun. And the name reminds me of omgpop. Win/win for me. Gonna make an account for the dog, purely for an excuse to play with it.