I have mixed feelings on FB closing down API posts (ex. from WordPress, or IFTTT, or Buffer) to personal profiles. It probably will cut down on spam, but it also locks you further into their silo. (You can still write elsewhere and link back to it on FB, but you have to do it manually.)

Then again, isn't that also the argument against automatically cross-posting birdsite to Mastodon? That if you're not actually on the platform, you're not really participating?

@KelsonV That's one of the dangers of API posts - as you mentioned.

Plus, I'm not sure if it adds more overhead for smaller instances, or more server resource usage.

It's not really an equal comparison in those terms, since it's not like FB/Twitter/etc want for server space or money for hosting.

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@dartigen Yeah, even after the last couple of weeks, they're not exactly short of storage or bandwidth.

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