So glad for the Australian election result - not just for the Aussies, and the climate, but also for the message it might send to other countries - we can fight against the apparently inexorable creep to the right.

On the positive side I've worked out how to have multiple accounts in the official app, and how to browse local timelines, so maybe it will suffice for now.

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Newly repaired phone means re-trying all the apps. Fedilab and Tusky both fail to auth with Official android app works, but only by logging in twice.

Now also @korny - not sure if I'll just keep both going, or retire one or the other; depends a bit on how much pain I keep getting with SAML auth on apps on my phone

I solved today's (#22) in 33 guesses with an accuracy of 39.39%. Played at
(I won't always post these but was particularly lucky today)

Before joining Mastodon had you participated or were active on BBS (dial-up) or forums (vBulletin style) in the past?

Boosts are appreciated for better sample sizes.

As one of the main Mastodon developers, I can't promise you that Mastodon will be a complete and exact Twitter replacement for you, but it may fit your use-cases, at least it does for me.

Just keep in mind that it is not exactly the same thing, some core design decisions are different (there isn't an unique centrally-governed website, but many interconnected servers operated by different individuals and organizations) and thus the tradeoffs can be different as well.

While I personally don't think Mastodon should aim at being an exact replacement to Twitter, I do hope Mastodon can be useful to more people wanting an alternative to Twitter! And I know there are lots of room for improvement, on things we do know, and on things we don't.

Also keep in mind that Mastodon is developed by only two core developers payed through a non-profit funded through sponsorship, grants and donations, so please be patient!

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Yesterday, the UK government has criminalised the culture and practices of Gypsy Roma Traveller people living in this country.

All of us who are members of groups that have faced past or present attempts at government annihilation should stand together as allies. An attack on the GRT community is an attack on all of us.

@judeswae hmm, I can't seem to specify an external browser in current (17.0) - under "browser" I only have "use chrome custom tabs" which makes no difference.
Going to give up and try other apps I think, I probably should raise an issue with Tusky also.

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@judeswae thanks, that makes sense. I often have issues with the Android internal browser

If you just came here and don't know how to "fill your timeline", remember that besides following people with the same interests (there's plenty in #introduction / #introductions), you can enable the advanced web interface in your preferences.

Create your own "content columns" for every topic you're interested in!

Just pin the hashtags you want, even multiple in one column if you wish (like #cats & #dogs), or exlude some you don't want to see (like I did in the #art column in this screenshot).

I'm looking at because I want a client that handles multiple instances at once, and it seems the official one can't do that. Be happy for other suggestions as long as they do multiple instances, and

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I'm having problems getting the android app to work using auth. I can sign in OK, but once I'm signed in I get the mastodon UI in a window with a big "<-" arrow at the top, like it's stuck in the process somehow.
And when I load tusky again it's forgotten the login and I have to do the SAML dance from scratch.

It seems to me that governments and gov officials are in the perfect position to start disseminating updates via services like Mastodon instead of Twitter. Set up a state or fed gov instance for all the officials. All reporters would be forced to start watching these servers for updates. It also seems more ethical to use a gov-run service rather than a privately owned communication network. It could also offer better resiliency.

ok, dumb question - how does one search for people across multiple instances? If I follow someone on twitter and I suspect they have a mastodon account, how would I go about looking for them?

so, trying to grok mastodon and work out how to tailor my feed a bit!
I've found a useful overview at - any other good intros people suggest?

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A Mastodon instance running on Thoughtworks infrastructure for its employees to interact with the Fediverse.