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cw politics 

in the worst possible timeline, someone passes a law requiring a state-provided license to claim copyright over any creative work, including the creator's own. only corporations can afford them, and although they can be revoked if the license owner is proven in court not to be the copyright holder named within the work itself, corporate intimidation renders this unenforceable, effectively outlawing free software and perfecting state censorship in one fell swoop.

Lots of new ideas on how to generate more interesting fronds and petals (solid color shapes on a layer beneath) but my brain doesn't have anything left at the end of the work day. So I just opened it up, refamiliarized myself with the code, and generated a few ones I thought looked nice.

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does this make twitter hypertext? 🤔
(this is a trick question. we're on the world wide web. it's all hypertext. it always has been.)

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on that note, another thing i like about this format is that it's easy to separate parenthetical statements and branching trains of thought from a main thread, and that you can link threads together in whatever way is appropriate.

like, for instance, merging a parenthetical back into the master branch. m.gretaoto.ca/@phantom/1050515

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*mastodon is not a platform. it's a federated network. this means that it will probably outlive twitter, as there is only one twitter and, ironically enough, too many mastodons to kill off entirely.

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rising to meet the challenges of imposed restrictions connects most forms of poetry. i wonder if the challenges of microblogs could inspire their own breed of List Literature, especially as they've divorced themselves from any one platform and become a free-floating internet convention.

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the linked-list format of threads further lubricates the drive to write, making it easy to push yourself to say just *one more thing* (this is happening to me right now.)

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(greta oto, my home instance at the time of writing, arguably veers toward the former, but i've been trained by the restrictions of twitter for so long that this has no effect, and it's nice to know the extra breathing room is there if i ever need it.)

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devising the right limit is a challenge. too many characters, and any benefits of the format are rendered void; too few, and it becomes difficult to express anything meaningful.

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the character limit is a wonderful anti-psyche-out measure; you only need to convince yourself to compose--and revise--a single thought at a time. on the other hand, it encourages conciseness, counterbalancing the impulse to spill a disorganized stream of consciousness onto the screen.

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i rarely have the time or energy for a feature-length blog post, and as a result several attempts to start a blog have crashed and burned. but this? this feels doable.

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i think it offers you a lot. i prefer microblogging to blogging-blogging, and the character limit of twitter-alikes is a big reason why. i think it's a big reason why they caught on to begin with.

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you get so caught up in the idea of twitter as a means to 'aggregate an audience'; it's only after you lose any possibility of having one that you stop and ask yourself what a format like this, a 'microblog', really offers you.

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i think, subconsciously, i liked the twitter ui, the idea of what something like twitter could be, what it might've been over a decade ago, for all i know.

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i've had my eye on mastodon for a long time, but arriving here at last i found myself unsure what to do next. i only joined twitter to talk to friends already on the platform, so why leave it for one* where i don't know anybody?

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what better way to ring in a new blog than a thread about threads?

Greta Oto

Welcome to Greta Oto. We are micro-blogging platform like Twitter. You can follow Twitter and other Mastodon network sites' users here. Click on learn more to know more.

玻璃翼站,欢迎大家入驻。我们是个微博平台,自带跨站关注功能,可在本站关注/订阅推特和其他长毛象站点上的用户。