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Signal is the top downloaded app after the purge of social media by Facebook and Twitter. Bet is they will push to have that be the next app removed.

Use #Signal
Use #Tor
Use #PGP

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If the Amazon ban of parler tells you anything, it's that distributed/federated services are the future. Go fediverse, go BTC!

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Over the next few years the world is going to start to realize how bad of an idea it was to let private US tech rise to the level of public utilities while also privatizing accountability and other basic functions to the same companies who's only goal is stock price.

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FYI new users :

Posts ("toots") have much longer character limit : 500

You can also add media to a post.
Or a poll.

And you can add a CW Content Warning if you wish (although conventionally this is for nudity and blasphemy only)

And you can select an audience for your posts

e.g. the user here @tcjc cross-posts content from Twitter "@tcjc"

It is possible to auotmate cross-posting content to/from Twitter using a 3rd party utility.
If you are interested in this, I will find the details.

FYI New users : currently has very few users ... but it doesn't matter, because it is just a gateway to the much wider mastodon world.
You can follow ANY mastodon user on ANY mastodon server using the format @username@servername
Eg @tcjc

Then make sure you watch the FEDERATED timeline, where you will see posts ("toots") from any user you follow on any server.

The LOCAL timeline is just feed from users on this server. SO for now it will be limited.

Mastodon is one server in the network