If my phone could take a selfie of itself, you would see a picture of it sitting on the table beside me. It is buzzing. Incessantly buzzing. Sometimes in rapid succession.

Why? I tooted.

No, not that kind of toot… sheesh, what is this grade school? “Toot” is the word the Mastodon community use in place of “tweet” when someone posts something. It’s the whole Elephant thing… For the most part, people just refer to them as posts though so stop giggling and consider this:

My phone has been buzzing since yesterday because of one post that now has 700+ “Boosts” (twitter: Retweets) and 600+ “Stars” (twitter: Favourites).

I only have 1700 followers on Mastodon since joining in November. At the height of my Twitter popularity I had nearly 3000 followers there.

Yet for whatever reason, my most popular tweet there was a measly 226 RTs during the trucker convoy.

An archived tweet from my chrisalecanada Twitter account shows the most popular tweet I ever posted between September 2008 and June 2023.

So if you heard Mastodon is too hard, too weird, or too small and slow. You heard wrong. I’ve had multiple posts go north of 500 ‘boosts’ now, and I’m not even a popular person. The truly organic, no-algorithm, life on Mastodon not only provides an ad free and predictable timeline, it also provides you with the dopamine hit or commercial visibility, or whatever you’re looking for.

My ‘toots’ don’t matter any more than the other guy, they don’t, but I can assure you, if you use Mastodon, word will get around. Now that Twitter has blocked public access to all tweets, one wonders how exactly they see Twitter fulfilling the role it has had for almost 20 years.

If you’re Canadian, go sign up at mstdn.ca right now. If you’re not Canadian, there are lots of other places to go through join mastodon.org. If you’d like some help, don’t hesitate to ask.

Decentralized, user focused, public social media networks are the next step in the great journey on the Internet. Jump in, the water is fine.

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