With Mastodon having a few years under it's belt now, how are your friends/family reacting to you using it vs. the traditional social media outlets? Have you been able to convince anyone to come over and check it out or start using it exclusively? What are the arguments that you're hearing for using Facebook/IG/Twitter, etc. over Mastodon?

I am only two months here, and haven tried yet, my really close family does not use Facebook nor Twitter, my wife likes Instagram and the accounts she follows there (mostly commercial) will never be on Mastodon.

For sharing contente between us we use email, or Telegram groups.

@cooper I never got into Twitter/IG I was on the fediverse in the days. I haven't deleted my Facebook account for occasional contact with people that are only available there. Also so that I can reach them when we have a good replacement for Facebook when we have a reasonable replacement for it. (Open for suggestions on that one)

@cooper sadly, none of my family bar me use it. However, I have convinced a good few of them to get onto signal. We're getting there!

@cooper I've been here for a couple months now but I haven't convinced anyone to join me. I just get eyerolls whenever I try to tall about the benefits.


they just dont know i'm on mastodon. I just plainly explain that even though I have facebook, I may see messages couple of years after they send it.

They now get it that the only way to reach me with success is by using email, sms/signal, phone

I never used twitter except as a RSS feed, no one knows I'm there

My wife/kids know i'm on some obscure social platform though :P

I do try to educate my kids to the danger of privacy intrusion. My oldest start to gets it.

My wife has an account but doesn't use it. One friend tried to create an account at but didn't get accepted (or filled out the application wrong or something)

Pretty much all other conversations have been fruitless/pointless

@cooper no joy so far. most of them are still on fb or whatapp. will keep trying. 😊

@cooper No one I know will go on here, they call it nerd twitter.

I have never heard a good argument for using facebook.

Twitter makes more sense, it's the simple network effect. People in their field of work or interest are on there.

I'm slowly working on converting people 😈 Still trying to figure out the best way to natively grow this instance. I've found so many new friends and people I like to follow on here though!

A lot of people don't like the idea that an admin can pack up shop and they can lose everything they've done on that instane. I'm trying to help change their mindset and understand that you shouldn't rely on this stuff regardless of it being mastodon, FB, IG, etc.

I stil have a FB account. Purely for messaging a select few I don't want to lose contact with and haven't switched to anything else.

I guess that in my case the main problem is always the user base, when I try to get someone into mastodon they don't see the point if "everybody uses something else"

@cooper joining is my experience. Got my PhD student to join as well but no family.

Now is the time to try and grow for alternatives to the big commercial platforms. Student of mine is going to do a survey on what keeps people from switching. Will try to get her to post results in this thread (early Sept.) Folks, please keep answers coming as this will inform her questions as well as @cooper 's activities.

@AlexVoss That's great to hear! I can't wait to see what information she gathers. Hopefully, she can utilize some of the responses, from here.

@cooper I already didn't use Facebook and as far as I'm aware no one in my family uses Twitter, so it's made literally no difference. We're a very quiet folk :-p

@cooper My SO loves to scroll endlessly on FB and instagram, a slave to the algorithm. She’s coming around now and at least admits she’s doesn’t WANT to use them. Facebook could be deleted and forgotten, but she uses IG for all information.
I’ve convinced her that the future is decentralized services and internet, so she’s interested. I’m hoping between mastodon and pixelfed she can find a replacement

@cooper pretty every other reply here sums up my experience as well. People in my circles largely do not care about privacy or have any interest in FOSS. It would be an uphill battle getting them to even look at mastodon.

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