👓 From Witches to Dolphins, These Are the Communities That Make Mastodon Great | Motherboard

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The top five Mastodon instances as judged by meaningless criteria that we refuse to disclose.

🎧 #91 The Russian Passenger | Reply All

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Somewhere in Russia, a man calls for a car. Somewhere in New York City, a stranger’s phone buzzes.

I keep hearing about these guys. They’re alright and have an interesting banter and style, but the overall topic was just painfully uninteresting to me. Meh…

🔖 Closing Communities: FFFFOUND! vs MLKSHK | Waxy.org

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Next month, two seminal image-sharing communities, FFFFOUND! and MLKSHK, will close their doors within a week of each other. There's a profound difference in how they're doing it as noted by someone who's previously sold off a community.

This is a great little piece comparing and contrasting how to relatively similar online communities and social silos are shutting down their services. One is going a much better route than the other and providing export tools and archive ability to preserve the years of work and effort.

For more about social media sites, communities, and online silos that have shut down before, see site-deaths on the Indieweb wiki.​​​

👓 Closing Communities: FFFFOUND! vs MLKSHK | Waxy.org

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Next month, two seminal image-sharing communities, FFFFOUND! and MLKSHK, will close their doors within a week of each other. Launched in June 2007 as a side-project by a Japanese design agency, FFFFOUND borrowed the visual bookmarklets of Wists, a social shopping service launched a year earlier, to...

🎧 This Week in Google #400: Toot, Not Tweet

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Burger King's new ad sets off Google Home on purpose. Mastodon is great, but it's not a Twitter killer. Facebook's $14 million investment in reputable news. How to keep from being dragged off a plane. Whatever happened to Google Books' plan to digitize all books?

Kevin Marks guests on the show and discusses Indieweb, Mastodon, and GNU Social beginning at about 1:18:00 into the show.

👓 Twitter has had a dislike button for months and you didn’t notice | Mashable

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Yes, you can dislike a tweet.

Photo of all the Dr. Pepper knockoffs

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Spotted doing the viral rounds and unattributed (though watermarked with a URL that redirects to Elbe Spurling's website) this wall of Dr. Pepper knockoffs is a magnificent lesson in branding magic and semiotics and all that fancy jazz.

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Burger King’s new ad forces Google Home to advertise the Whopper | The Verge

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Burger King is unveiling a horrible, genius, infuriating, hilarious, and maybe very poorly thought-out ad today that’s designed to intentionally set off Google Homes and Android phones.

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