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Some of you asked me if I had a Patreon: it’s now the case! 😄

patreon.com/nicolasconstant

The received funds will be mainly used to cover hosting costs and illustrators’ commissions for nice visuals for the software I’m developing. 😉

Please consider the 1$ membership, as having a lot of small donators would be a nice demonstration of your interest and support. 🙂

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I'm a new software made by @NicolasConstant

It's mostly a pet-project to understand how this protocol works, and being a little useful by the same time.
The aim is to provide a private (followers-only) Twitter to ActivityPub relay.

I'm still in a beta state, but hopefully I should be in a stable state very soon.
If you'd like to test the software, please contact me!

I'm seeing a surge recently on the official instance, please keep in mind that this instance is a development node and also a temporary one, so things can go crazy, and will disappear on 1.0.0 release.

Also, since it's a very saturated instance (600% currently) it's great for me as it trigger interesting behaviors to debug, but not so great for users: data makes 6 times more time to get synchronized.

If you want to find an un-satured one, feel free to check one of those (...)

"We think of censorship as suppression of information, but censorship is also the active promotion of certain kinds of stories that will resonate with the people."

Damn this article is good.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/stephen-kotkin-putin-russia-ukraine-stalin/amp

#russia #ukraine

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!

Users from mastodon.social, please note that many BSL instances has been suspended, and therefore will no longer work.

It seems to be a related to
a misunderstanding on what BSL really do, and triggered from the huge data consumption of some mirrored accounts.

I reached the mastodon's discord server to explain a bit more what BSL really is, and will work on a solution to reduce data footprint.

But since I didn't get any answer, it's fair to consider the suspension will stay.

0.20.0 is out! 🎉

It's not a complete release (some fix will come soon), but it's stable and it brings too much fixes and enhancements to keep it in the develop branch.

Notably, this version has a better error handling strategy, many clean-up actions to remove failing accounts (both from twitter and the fediverse), and so on.
And there is also some new environment variables to tweak all this. 🙂

0.19.1 is out! 🎉
It's a fix that will permit saturated instances to handle properly new accounts (useful for a mirroring service isn't it? 😅). If your instance is saturated this update is highly recommended!

I just found a strange behavior for newly added accounts, it may explain why some accounts weren't synchronizing. 🙂
I will do some debugging this week-end, and hopefully getting a fix soon.

0.19.0 is out! It has some optimization to take into account some API daily limits (and now stays under it). Also I've added some health logging to be able to remove automatically twitters accounts that aren't working anymore (mostly due to bans/deletions/etc). You can also have access to follower's errors count in BSLManager and remove them as well if needed.

On the other hand, I don't hide that I really want to push people to host their own node, and/or use small ones. We need decentralization. Having a lower limit will only go in the good direction here.

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Oh. I just discovered a rate limit on Twitter that I wasn't aware of: 100.000 timeline calls per 24h period. It explains why I had a increase of errors on a 24h cycle when on the other hand all the rate limits I was aware of was only per 15 mins or per month.
This is problematic as it means I have to stretch the pooling rate itself (every 15 mins today) to make it work when going over saturation. And that the saturation would be 1000 users instead of 1500. Quite a big decrease.

0.18.0 is out! 🎉

It's a nice contribution from @nytpu to add the capability to publish content under CW from selected accounts. 🙂

Did you know already have some forks? 🙂

BirdsiteLIVE-Pasture has done some very interesting work on the about page and other improvements.
git.gamers.exposed/pasture/Bir

And they have been quite successful: half of current known instances are running on it!
the-federation.info/birdsiteli

0.17.0 is out! 🎉
It provide BSLManager, an admin tool to help manage the instance. 🙂

I created a #Discord server to provide current development insights for #Sengi #BirdsiteLIVE and other tools! 🙂

Feel free to come by and say "hi!". 😄

Also, if you have issues, ideas, etc, this is the place you can also come and share/get support/etc.

https://discord.gg/xz62kMn4fV

0.16.2 is out!

It's a small fix to solve some issues with fork, and increasing a bit the user limit (now using 100% of the API capabilities!). 🙂

0.16.1 is out! 🎉

It's a fix to handle some edge cases parsing issues. If you see any, please report them to me! 🙂

Since I'm seeing a lot of new users on the official instance, please keep in mind that it is a testing/beta instance only and that it is temporary.

Thanks for helping testing it, but if you'd like to have a permanent one that would not disappear at any time, please consider self-hosting it (for you and/or your community). 🙂

( is not a very costly software to host, the official instance is currently running on a 3.5$ VPS )

Would a #BirdsiteLIVE integration be nice? 😁
It will be released in the next minor version of #Sengi! 🙂

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