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Ballpoint portrait in black, red and blue. A4. A young woman in face close-up, with blue eyes and reddish curly hair in detailed ballpoint pen.

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Here’s your Monday morning cup of coffee. Ballpoint on A4. A realistically drawn cup of black coffee in a dark mug on a dark saucer. The pen strokes are mostly slanted vertical lines.

Izcils espresso ar visu raibumiņu. Svaigas Kalves pupiņas, nedēļu atpakaļ grauzdētas

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The link you just clicked on leads to a video on PeerTube, on a server called framatube.org.

BUT... if you copy and paste the same address of the video into the search box in Mastodon, and search for that link within Mastodon, it will appear to you as a Mastodon post :blobwizard:

You'll then be able to watch it (of course), but also you'll be able to comment on the video by replying to the post within Mastodon, like the video by favouriting it, and follow its creator by following the account that posted it.

This is the Fediverse in action, totally different services interacting through a common open standard.

It can be hard to get your head round this at first, but it's incredibly useful and once you get used to it simply how things should be.

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Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed (pixelfed.org) is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube (joinpeertube.org) is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm (joinbookwyrm.com) is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...

framatube.org/w/4294a720-f263-

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We have now collectively gained 112,413 monthly active users in the last few days, and 149,720 compared to the end of March. That's a 62% increase. Total now at 384K MAU across Mastodon.

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Skandāls! Kāpēc mēs vēl nerunājam par gotiņu sabojāšanu? 📦

Vēl vienu sekotāju un var pāriet uz šejieni pavisam 😇

Ja gribat ieteikumus, kam piesekot šeit, te labs konts: @FediFollows

Šito mastodon varētu nosaukt par Twitter NG+ :kestraglow:

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Mastodon has gained 106,723 monthly active users since the end of March (when Elon bought 9.2% of Twitter's shares). 93,603 are new accounts. Overall that's a 42% increase in Mastodon's MAU.

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Mastodon ļauj eksportēt savus ierakstus un ielādētās bildes, pēc tam importēt tās citā serverī, ja šis tevis izvēlētais tev nepatīk. Vēl piedāvā uzlikt redirektu uz jauno kontu. Es tikai nezinu, kas notiek, ja vienā dienā kāds mazais serverītis nomirst vai tiek izslēgts.

Tas tāds mīnuss decentralizētai sistēmai, laikam.

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On the internet, everyone knows you're a cat — and that's totally okay.