Explaining Mastodon in a conversation is so much easier than doing it through text on a website. That has never gotten easier. In fact it's gotten harder because now you have to worry about not sounding like a cryptocurrency because the concept of "decentralization" has been co-opted...

@Gargron Yeah I feel it is easier to explain it by describing it as federated rather than decentralised


@Gargron Saying it is federated is easier in my opinion because it is accurate and it isn't a term used by crypto projects so people understand it is nothing to do with blockchain technology. Of course you would then have to explain what it being federated means but it is much easier than starting from the point of talking about it being decentralized in my opinion.

@sandrolinux @Gargron

Avoid #decentralization

"#Mastodon is like #Twitter, but better. It is not social media, but social networking. More personal and representative to real life, where you choose who you hang out with. Mastodon is part of the #Fediverse, an online space where there are countless communities. Each may have their own topics and themes and can set their own rules. And they are all connected together. Anyone who wants can install their own server and host their own #community."

@sandrolinux @Gargron

Decentralization, federation, instances, CoC, etc.

They are all technical terms that aren't really needed in storytelling to the average person that never heard of the #Fediverse before.

@humanetech Although federation is also a concept that is more understandable to a non-technically minded person.

@sandrolinux that is true, but I also got feedback from a bunch of folks new to fedi that they understood it in the context of statehood. And so weird in our context and formal-sounding.

@humanetech However if they understood it in the context of statehood you could say instances are like their own state within the fediverse with their own rules and can be blocked by other instances (or in this analogy states).


Yes, that is an option. Though to me that diminishes the social impression it gives. I start thinking about borders, passports, formalities, and such.

But moderation must be mentioned somewhere, and it has some proper improvements to birdsite as well. I'd personally choose to address that a bit later on, and first make a good case for why it is fun and *truly* social place to be with us other fedizens.

@humanetech Yeah I do agree the states analogy might confuse some and make it seems like taking part in Fediverse must be very hard and cumbersome.

@humanetech I like the description, but I'm confused by the distinction between "social media" and "social network". To the extent that I can perceive a difference between the terms I would have said that "network" might suggest a bidirectional concept of "friends" like on #Facebook, which #Twitter and #Mastodon lack, maybe putting them more at the "social media" end of the scale. But that's my own interpretation, so I'm curious what you actually meant by that distinction.
@sandrolinux @Gargron

@humanetech Now I think about it more, perhaps you meant "network" in the sense of being multiple nodes (instances), which makes total sense. I'm still not sure why that would mean it's *not* social *media* though... 🤔
@sandrolinux @Gargron

@caesar @sandrolinux @Gargron

It's a deliberate distinction to *not-so-social* social media.

Media are news and entertainment. It's TV-like or press. You publish stuff there, broadcast. There are celebrities, influencers, the screaming headlines, etc.

Our social networking is real and human. In the way a sociologist in a bar may be fascinated to observe. The whole breadth of sociology and human interaction plays a role here.

Fediverse extends it online. Its richness makes it a #Peopleverse.

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