Darius Kazemi

I am attending the decentralized web conference for the next two days so probably a good idea to like, kick my Mastodon server back into gear. Hi everyone

You know what would be nice? If more of my friends were on Mastodon or a service compatible with Mastodon. I would probably be here more, and I would not let my server error out for months at a time

@darius my bird site account got locked for putting elon musk in the handle and I refuse to give them my phone number so this is my home now

I try to be the change I want to see in the world, but I spend a few months here and have like 2 interactions a day with people I know and like (at least compared to Twitter where I have dozens of interactions a day with people I know and like). Most of the people I interact with on Mastodon seem cool but I'm in the "getting to know you" phase. My best friend isn't here. My husband isn't here (he tried).

@darius having dramatically curtailed my twitter activity over the past however many months I'm kinda okay with not being on twitter even though all the people I know are on there—I think for me spending all day in a procedurally curated chatroom/public performance venue with all my friends and peers was its own very particular source of anxiety. I'm discovering I'm pretty okay with keeping up with people on a one-on-one basis, or subscribing to their e-mail lists or whatever

@darius though I still announce all my projects on twitter because otherwise I feel like I'm being negligent. and I also don't know how else to do it? it seems like I've literally never gotten more than like six people to care about anything I've done unless it was through announcing it on twitter :/

@aparrish I love my private Twitter which is just me and 40 very very close friends, I think it's an absolute boon to my life. I'd love to have that here

@darius the amount of value you build up in a social network is always super under rated and not very portable. It took years of sort of using twitter before I found the right group of accounts to follow to make it a daily feed for me.

@darius This is really the problem, isn't it? There's no critical mass yet. It's a shame because Mastodon is basically a better Twitter

And yet, I am here.

That guy that follows you on Twitter.

Hope this helps.

@darius I check this every day but my activity is so low, I often don't engage much. A lot of that is a lot less connections (and those connections keep me on twitter) but I'm ready for something different, if it can meet that need.

@darius Glad you are here at least sometimes. It doesn't need to be an either/ or to make a difference. (partly because binaries... meh!)

@darius We can work on that. I'm in Milwaukie; want to join me for dinner sometime?

@polydad Sounds great! I'm back in town starting next week and generally free.

@darius So far I'm booked Monday and Wednesday. Does either Tuesday or Thursday look good for you? Let's move this to phonetext, if you will; I'm at 541-777-0099.

@darius Haven't heard back from you. Is either Tuesday or Thursday evening this coming week doable for you?

@darius Thursday is good. 6pm OK? I'm at 10400 Cook Ct

@darius I am realizing I should make an effort to interact with you here instead of trying not to bother you! So, hi. :) Wishing you well. I just met Danielle and Joe from CS&S who mentioned they're going to Decentralized Web as well. Hope you have a useful and nourishing time!

@brainwane hi!! And yes I will be working very closely with those two very soon

@darius one lesser acknowledged quality of social network lock-in effects i only realized once masto came about is that i'm almost always responding directly or indirectly to something interesting someone else said, and there's just way fewer things being said on here.

@jplebreton @darius i feel like the kind of toots needed to jump start some of these platforms are a bit different from the ones we're used to making once it is up and running

@d6 @jplebreton I'm remembering the early days of blogging when every post ended with "what do YOU think?”

@darius @jplebreton right exactly. also, i feel like i started using twitter really cautiously/defensively to sort of limit engagement, which is the wrong attitude for mastodon

@darius Same. All my... toots on mastodon seem to be about the lack of toots

Sometimes people wonder why I stopped going to tech conferences... even the mostly-good ones end up with stuff like this social.tinysubversions.com/med


It's nice to see you back here, for however long. :)


i wish thee luck in thy willful crusade

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This is a private Mastodon instance just for Darius Kazemi. It wasn't all that hard to set up! I used this guide.