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brucegodin
brucegodin
I am completely baffled why some people seem to be choosing Mastodon over Micro.blog brucegodin.ca
dgold
dgold

@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.

adamprocter
adamprocter

@brucegodin 👍

brucegodin
brucegodin

@dgold I obviously did not consider that prospective. Good point. Hopefully the diversity improves. I use, and am excited about Micro.blog, mostly as a blogging host/service not as a social network.

adamprocter
adamprocter

@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. 😊

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dgold
dgold

@adamprocter But micro.blog has almost no diversity, at all. Its stultifying how White, Male and American the community is. I don't think any community can succeed, long term, where it is so divergent from people's lived experience.

adamprocter
adamprocter

@dgold totally agree (though I’m not American)

jonesbp
jonesbp

@dgold @brucegodin I second this. I prefer the tech of Micro.blog, but I’m having an easier time building an interesting and varied feed to read on Mastodon. The content of the feed, of course, will be a matter of personal taste.

bradenslen
bradenslen

@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.