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New server funding klaxon! 🚨 @gilest is our latest contributor! Thanks Giles… Thiles!😁

It’s called “The Tokenisation of the Commons” and will attempt to draw a parallel between NFTs/cryptogrift and enclosure and rise of the landed gentry.

Because half-baked talk ideas are the best talk ideas. Or at least the quickest to submit.

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Ooh, the schedule is up, and my talk is on it ( Guess I really do have to research and write it now.

I need good things to read about Enclosure, and criticism of the Tragedy of the Commons. Anyone know anything that's not *too* dry?

Job alert! We're looking for Ruby/Node/PHP/etc developers, an engineering manager, and a technical architect at dxw.

Great company, employee owned, building public services. UK only, but remote.

Come join me!

And we have another financial supporter, @ianames this time! Thanks Ian! ❤️

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Toot toot! @keithmantell is all aboard the funding train, keeping this place running. Thanks Keith :awesome:

I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

And @philipjohn is in on the funding action too, thanks a million Phil :)

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And thanks also to @jezhiggins who has joined the funding crew! And paying for the service means you're not the product, unlike The Other Place!

You can see where all the money goes at (spoiler: hosting, domain names, and backup).

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Many thanks to @kaduardo, our latest financial supporter, for helping keep the server lights blinking! If you want to be just as awesome, you can make a one-off or monthly donation at

One of the unexpected joys of the fediverse over other places is the addition of weird domains appended on to everyone's usernames.

It makes the web feel like more than just four websites again.

It's both a signal of a smaller more intimate internet and also a larger and far more diverse internet at the same time!

Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed ( is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube ( is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm ( is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...

Great news #Fediverse it is Official. The #EU #EuropeanCommission just launched two servers 🚀

Welcome to #EUVoice mastodon and #EUVideo peertube 🎉

So say hi to 👋

Love #FOSS with @EC_OSPO 💘

Stay in the loop with @EC_DIGIT

Help make things fundamentally right with @FRA ☀️

Regain balance with @Curia ⚖️

Protect that data with @EDPS 🔐

Let's go global with @CDT 🌐

Get us heard at @ombudsman 📣

Watch and boost from:

And explore:

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