I want to be able to tell my friends why #mastodon is better than the birdsite, so I wrote a thing: "Mastodon Is Better than Twitter: Elevator Pitch"
I want this to be as persuasive as possible to outsiders, so I'd appreciate as much feedback as possible from Mastodon users
@codesections pretty much a mastodon evangelist at this point.
if your fixed on getting them on sign them up and set them up with an app, profile, and some people to follow in person - not online.
but if theres nothing for them to follow they have no reason to be on mastodon. make sure there are a few accounts they would be interested enough to watch every day
@codesections "Mastodon's innovations aren't technologiclaly <-- spelling error - that challenging (I mean, a lot of the tech is pretty cool, but it's nothing Twitter couldn't copy if they really wanted to). No, <-- I would eliminate the no from the beginning of the sentence - the reason that Mastodon has all these advantages is that they aren't advantages from Twitter's perspective. "
@codesections I think your point that twitter has fundamentally and unescapably different motivations than mastodon is great. I think it is logical that a medium of social communication cannot be maintained and manipulated by a single large corporation, it is just people haven't stopped and thought about it. Highlighting the frustration of non-chronological feeds and ads everywhere with corporate social media is maybe something you could stress a bit more
@codesections the point about having a high moderator/admin to user ratio is an interesting one though, because I think it depends on mastodon maintaining a culture of local communities that really has nothing to do with the code. Plus, mastodon's code is apparently more difficult to setup than others like pleroma and one has to wonder if it will centralize in the future. Not things to necessarily bombard a new user with, but interesting thoughts nonetheless.
@Alonealastalovedalongthe Yeah, that's all fair. When talking to people who aren't part of the fediverse, I tend to use "Mastodon" as a stand in for the fediverse as a whole. Maybe it will end up being pleroma, but I think a lot of the same advantages would apply there
@codesections well I will definitely send friends this article when trying to convert them!
@codesections But other than some CSS, the acual blog post is great! Loved the explaination about boosts and retweets and the "Mastodon Isn't a Business" and how its ad-free.
Only nitpicking i can even do is that the first few sentences are a bit boring to read trough for someone who already knows what twitter is. So it would probbably be better to introduce with that mastodon is accualy challenging twitter, and how could that even be possible? Because i think that would get the attention...
@jex Thanks! I futzed with the CSS a bit—I increased the padding a tiny bit and added a bit more visual separation by bumping up the title's font size. Does that get at the issue you were highlighting or does it still need more padding?
And what's bugging you about the black logo/white text? I kind of like it, but am willing to keep an open mind
* My eyes immediately tripped over the (ish) in the first few words of the first sentence. You may have to let go of your inner lawyer a little bit and allow yourself to go for "good enough" accuracy rather than perfect. :)
* Pretty wordy for an elevator pitch, which needs to be conveyable in 30 to 60 seconds. Perhaps you'd like to make the first paragraph your actual elevator pitch, and expand on it from there.
* Try to talk less about how awful Twitter is, and re-express those ideas in terms of Mastodon's positive qualities. Not only does it make the overall article more pleasant and positivive to read -- it helps in wasting as little time time as possible on the competition, which is always a good thing in an elevator pitch.
@Coffee Thanks for all that! I revised the intro a bit to make it a bit shorter and punchier. I'm going to give some thought to your comments re: talking too much about Twitter and may make additional changes in a bit.
I don't intend "elevator pitch" to be taken too literally, though: This isn't about asking for money, and isn't really aimed at bushiness folks, so I think there's a bit more flexibility in this format.
Thanks again for the comments!
@codesections Hi, I'm thinking of translating this very nicely written thing you wrote into Italian, to encourage more Italian speakers to join, unless I can find one already in Italian. Fancy getting in touch to discuss how faithfully you want it done, IF you're OK to have it done, credit to your website/page and what have you? I can mail you if you prefer.
Thanks very much for the offer! I'd love to have you translate the post into Italian. 👍
I'm happy to defer to your judgment on how literal the translation should be. My only request is to please retain a link to the original.
Let me know when you post the translation, and I'll add a link to it from my site.
@codesections I don't know how many people are thinking about incentives and structure of social media networks, but I think your post:
(a) does a reasonable job of introducing the concept while remaining brief and engaging, and
(b) articulates clearly for people who *are* thinking along these lines a number of important ways in which the development of Mastodon is guided by these ideas.
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