@brucegodin Well, just speaking for myself, one reason I have re-engaged on Mastodon is, (and I'm looking for a way to be nice about this) Micro.blog is seriously White, Male, Cis & American. That's just insufficient diversity. Maybe that's a function of the paid-service element, maybe it isn't, but the homogenity is kinda scary.
@dgold this is a fair point indeed but I don’t think services need to be all things to all people and that services or webs can and should overlap for individuals. The key is to not just look at the BBC but occasionally read the Guardian. The nice thing about mb and Mastodon is no one is deciding what you see except you. Plus who doesn’t like a Venn diagram. 😊
@dgold I dunno, I have an awful lot of females in my feed, maybe 45% of posts. Since I only follow folks that strike me as interesting maybe my feed is not representative. I know I have some New Zealanders, Brits, Canadians, Texans, Australians and people from the EU. I don't keep track. They are all individuals.
I've found that the most lasting change is generally incremental. M.b had to start somewhere and diversity will come in it's own time. In fact the larger barrier is probably that we are mostly all speaking English even if that is not our first language.
We can syndicate out. We can attract people from all over. I run blogs, it's not just about M.b, through Twitter, G+, RSS and Mastodon I have regular readers from the Carribian, India, Europe, South America, etc. I plug M.b all the time. I can't force them to join.
Yes more diversity would be great. More Linux users would be great too. There is no quick fix.