For the last two or three years I’ve opened the day with coffee and Twitter.
Well, email first, and the weather and then the familiar feeds from trusted sources I’ve carefully curated over the years.
News from the Guardian, BBC, the ABC, the Saturday Paper and then links and insights from authors I trust, colleagues, former colleagues, ex-students.
I kept my reading selective, used a twitter client called Tweetbot that got rid of the ads and didn’t see a lot of hate.
But that’s been changing, and the whole experience has felt a lot less stable under new ownership. Increasingly, I felt less and less comfortable with the idea of participating in Twitter and passively endorsing where it seems to be going.
So, like a lot of people, it seems, I’ve moved over to a smaller, more decentralised version that can’t be bought by a megalomaniacal billionaire. Mastodon, specifically the zirk.us server. You can find me there at @firstname.lastname@example.org