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One thing I just realised despite spending the last five years on the Fediverse is something simple but profoundly different to Twitter

Here on the Fediverse, if I boost a post and then someone else boosts or favourite it, I don't get a notification

That's different to Twitter, where you *do* get such notifications

I'm still thinking about the ramifications of this from a sociological point of view, but I suspect, like the (intentional) lack of a quote-tweet equivalent, it's a good thing? 🤔

@dajbelshaw The lack of quote-tweets is actually something I really need to get used to. I can imagine a few reasons why this is intentional, but would love to know more about it. Do you have any sources, Doug?

@ilyess @dajbelshaw Thanks a lot! Thats a very interesting article (also about the rejection of arbitrary search!)

@dajbelshaw @jstarke You’re welcome. Part of the reason I love Mastodon is that a lot of design decisions have been thoroughly thought out to maximize users’ interests and promote a healthy social environment.

@dajbelshaw @Gargron Thank you, that is very interesting and the reason I supposed (because it is used on Twitter often in very ugly ways)

@dajbelshaw @twfljeb Twitter is just looking for *any* excuse to pop a notification on your phone and get you back on the platform. It’s an attention’s game. Any second you’re not on Twitter you could be on a competitor’s app making them money.

@twfljeb @ilyess Yeah, exactly. And it turns you into a signal amplifier instead of a human being.

@twfljeb @dajbelshaw I was talking about Twitter and its users in general.

Rereading my toot I see how it can be interpreted as if I was talking about you. Should’ve been more explicit, my bad! 😅

@dajbelshaw Would have to disagree about assuming it's a good thing to not have notifications. N's are a valuable feedback. W/o them feedback from listener to spkr is reduced as only acknowledgement is to say something. It's like forcing an in-person convo to speak and not be able to simply nod yes.

@econproph I didn't say it's not useful not to have notifications. I just think that being notified of a boost/retweet of your boost/retweet is superfluous.

@dajbelshaw @econproph I disagree, if I am understanding correctly. On Twitter, that is how I found/find many of the people I follow!

@dajbelshaw if you have not seen Indie Microblogging by @manton you might find it interesting (it has some mastodon stuff too). I’ve found his thoughts about likes, replies & followers powerful.
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Replace the word notification with attention and it all makes sense.

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