Another great thing about Mastodon is the level of engagement. During my entire time on Twitter I constantly had the feeling of shouting into the void. Responses were rare, and actual conversations were rarer still.
The difference on Mastodon has been stark, right from the start. People *talk* to each other here. The Federated and Local timelines facilitate responding to people outside your little bubble, without algorithm-driven "trending" topics.
What we need, as heavily online people, is the Small Internet.
Search engines that aren't algorithmically based, and maybe give some less relevant -- but more intriguing -- results. Social media that has filters you can set, but doesn't let an AI curate your topics. Weird little blogs, less ad-laden websites.
What we need is a little more inconvenience.
@Nezchan I liked this article (which was, naturally, shared with me on my friend's discord.)
Well, I'm not necessarily saying no algorithms of any kind here, but more keeping it to the baseline that checks relevance as you point out. But of course all the big name engines don't restrict themselves to that.
@Nezchan the only algo search engines need is "do these results all contain what was searched for?" google often breaks even that simple expectation
I find it even harder to get really good results out of DuckDuckGo, to be honest. Sometimes I still have to use Google to get something useful.
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.