I used to be quite active on Twitter and found there a very nice Angular community. I learned a lot from the great people there and sometimes somebody could even learn from me. :) It was super cool and fun there!
But since Elon Musk took over, I have totally lost my motivation to post on Twitter. Twitter is not the same place anymore. And most importantly, the owner of my main social media platform shouldn't be crazy!
For me, it is time to move on, and Mastodon could be the right place.
After hanging out on Mastodon for a few weeks, I can say: it feels great, a breath of fresh air!
Some things which I like about Mastodon:
- 500 characters: It is easier to write something useful with more insight. It feels much more like writing a small blog post.
- Edit posts: I used that a lot already :) Fixing typos or improving the content.
- Timeline without algorithm. The timeline is just sorted chronologically. That gives me peace. You can also not see "likes" directly: You can not judge a post by its "likes/retweets" at first sight. The content matters more.
There are also some issues which should be mentioned:
- More difficult to register: You have to find a Mastodon server which suits your needs. There are some criteria to consider: moderation, server rules, server location, interests of the users, number of users, how long does the server exist already, do I trust the server admin. Some people have a hard time to choose a server. I feel you! But at the same time the server does not matter too much. You can move to another server whenever you want.
- It is not so straightforward to follow people from other Mastodon servers. You have to visit your own Mastodon server and copy paste their Mastodon handle in the search input.
- There is still a lack of interaction, but that should be a question of time. In my early Twitter days, I was shouting into the void as well :)
Here is a small selection of my more interesting posts on Mastodon:
- 1000 ways to restrict an Angular form input
- Stop using Angular Shared Modules, use SCAMs (Single Component Angular Modules)!
- Netanel Basal is the Banksy of the Angular community...
- Another round of Reactive Forms vs Template Driven Forms in Angular
- Should you unsubscribe from Http Observables in Angular?
- Show-casing my latest reactive state management library: Local Redux Store
- Did I find a RxJS anti-pattern for fetching data? Or is it best practice? ;)
- How would you add cancellation to a series of chained API calls in RxJS?
Several well-known people from the Angular community are present on Mastodon already! Find them back in this post:
In the replies to the post you can find even more!
And you? I hope to see you soon on Mastodon as well! Together we can make Mastodon a great place!