I mostly write about security and such, but every now and again I get to churn out a massive story about how to quit Twitter and start a new life here on Masto. I tried to cover as many bases as possible, but lmk if I missed anything really important!

@maxeddy I think the one thing that might be "wrong" is that people should register on the "flagship" instance which has lots of users. People should be told that it doesn't matter which instance you sign up to. Also mastodon.social as of this post has closed down registrations.

Very much agreed. Later in the article I recommend that people branch out to other instances.
I have heard from some people that understanding instances is a hurdle that keeps them from signing up at all. I figured that an entry-level experience might overcome that.


@maxeddy Fair enough, I saw, that you wrote that at the end of the article. 🤔 maybe there needs to be a way of explaining instances that is accessible to many non-technical people.

Agreed! Although I think it's not the concept that confuses them, so much as analysis paralysis when they're trying to choose an instance.

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