Ready fedi?

· long story short
Fred Flintstone riding a Mastodon

As I get more into this fediverse thing I want to start trying to wean my photos off of Instagram / Bookface and my videos off of YouTube / same. Just as Mastodon is an open federated microblogging service akin to Twitter, Pixelfed and Peertube and federated photo and video services.

Just so, I have established myself now as mediajunkie@pixelfed.social but it seems a bit… hinkier than Mastodon so far?

The web UI is OK, a bit funky. It makes adding an image description an advanced extra step each time, and when I tried to follow my pixelfed account from my mastodon account, it appears as pending my approval over there, but there is no indication on my pixelfed account of a pending follow request.

Curiouser….

Migration

· Radio Free Blogistan
donald duck running away from home

After reactivating the Mastodon account I provisioned in 2019 over at mstdn.social, I started noticing that that instance, well managed and moderated as it is, is a larger one, getting bigger all the time, and it was starting to throw errors.

They say to build the fediverse out and not up, so I started exploring smaller instances that seemed in line with my values and interests. Quickly, I found (and joined) three really nice servers: indieweb.local, tilde.zone, and xoxo.zone. There are tens of thousands of users on indieweb, a couple of thousand on tilde, and just several hundred on xoxo!

I wanted to test migration, so I made the least dramatic leap and migrated from mstdn to indieweb, where I am now based for at least the next thirty days (I’m xian there, and not mediajunkie for once). After that I may consider stepping down to a smaller instance yet.

Oh, and if I don’t see you before next week, have a great holiday!

This thing on?

· Blogosphere, Fediverse, Nanopublishing, Radio Free Blogistan, Syndication, The Power of Many, Web Services, Weblog Concepts, WordPress

If I did this right, then my blog is now on the Fediverse at @xian@mediajunkie.com — do the double at signs bother any else? @@

Comin’ atcha!

Farewell to my gmail address

· long story short

(illustration: the letters G and O from the Google logo, slightly pixelated)I never liked the minimum character requirement for a gmail username. My first . lastname is long. A while back I set up google apps for my primary domain (mediajunkie.com), which also hosts this blog, etc.

I maintained two separate in boxes for far too long, and I have a future-proof address via the Pobox service that I give out, it really doesn’t matter what address I’m using on the back end. Occasionally the reply comes from the back-end return address, and in those cases I’d rather be giving out me at my domain instead of longfirstname . longlastname @ bigbrand . com.

Switching was easy when I realized I was happy not migrating the archive. It’s a searchable epoch. Let’s keep it that way. (If you want to do something similar but maintain a complete master archive, see this helpful Lifehacker article.)

I set up forwarding from gmail to my domain. Easy peasy. Then I told pobox to stop forwarding to gmail and start forwarding to my domain (with the backup copies still going to a yahoo and an aol account).

No effect on people sending to me. Clean slate in my google apps for my domain inbox.

I also didn’t reproduce all the filters. I’m going to watch what comes in for a while and do a bunch of unsubscribing. I’ll remake the filters as I go.

Since I have a work email inbox at CloudOn I’m glad to get the total down to two at least (not counting Facebook, ugh, and everything else, but still…).

 

Comparing hosting options

· long story short

There is a very real prospect that the sweet sweet deal the Mediajunkie publishing empire has had these many years with Tiedrich and associates may need to replaces by something inevitably not half so sweet.

What this means is that I may need to find a new host for my multiple and various web experiments. I don’t need things to be up 24/7 as long a I have long-term persistence, but I do like to have free rein (within reason) and unlimited domains (or close to: 10 is not enough, 100 is more than enough).

I’m working on a little comparison spreadsheet. In the budget range I’m looking at there seems to be roughly two tiers. Oddly, the cheaper-tier providers offer more generous limits, so I’m probably missing some important factors.

Advice?