From an imploding Twitter to a profusion of federated and self-hosted platforms, including this blog.
A few years ago I started the work to reclaim my digital and online footprint, to bring more of it within my own control using open source software and privacy-minded services. At the time that meant trading Gmail for Fastmail and Drive for Nextcloud.
Twitter being sabotaged by its new oligarch owner has been a useful kick in the butt. It’s lead me to reclaim my social presence.
I was already in the process of setting up shop with Matrix, the communications protocol, so I thought, “Hey, why not Mastodon, too?” Then I set up Mastodon, a microblogging platform that somewhat resembles Twitter.
I’ve been needing a venue for sharing deeper thinking, so here we are. We’ll see how it goes.
Altogether, these new digital homes will be my primary residence online. I’ve already left Twitter, and while I remain active on Facebook and Instagram, I will be treating the open source, federated tools as first class. Everything flows from there.
I’ll note for my friends, family, and colleagues that, as I make this change, I’ve updated my canonical email address as I consolidate domain names. You can find me at email@example.com.
Here’s where you can find me on the Fediverse:
- Matrix: @josh:josh.tel
- Mastodon: @firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pixelfed: @email@example.com
- BookWyrm: @firstname.lastname@example.org
- WordPress: @email@example.com
And, of course, my primary website online remains joshsimmons.com.