Read this if
🤢 If you're wondering what this Mastodon thing is
🤢 If your Twitter feed is full of people talking about leaving Twitter and you don't want to get left behind
🤢 If your feed is showing posts on subjects you do not want to see - eg. climate deniers, anti vaxxers, and other crackpots
👇🏽 Follow these instructions and be prepared 👇🏽
🐦 𝙎𝙚𝙩 𝙐𝙥 2 𝙁𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙤𝙧 𝘼𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙏𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝘼𝙘𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩
I did this because a trusted contact told me there might be security breaches, meaning that your Twitter preferences and history might get into nefarious hands.
Click on More >> Settings & Support >> Settings & Privacy >> Security & Account >> Security >> Two Factor Authentication (and select your preferred mode here). Here's a handy article from Twitter on how to do this.
🐦 𝙎𝙚𝙩 𝙐𝙥 𝙖 𝙈𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙙𝙤𝙣 𝘼𝙘𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩
A lot of people are flocking to Mastodon, an open source Twitter alternative. Whenever there's a new social media platform that everyone's talking about, I always like to grab my name on it, so I have a presence.
You should do that too, now. ⏰
Mastodon is a little different in that it's a decentralised network of servers meaning there is no one company running it. This has its advantages and disadvantages - more on that later.
For now though, if you are a card carrying member of #IrishTwitter, join Mastodon.ie - and see you over there!
🐦 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙮 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙈𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙙𝙤𝙣 𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙏𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙛𝙞𝙡𝙚.
This will make it easy for people to find you in the event of a mass exodus of Twitter.
Click on Profile >> Edit Profile and add firstname.lastname@example.org in the Name field.
This little gem of an idea I got from Daragh O'Brien, a man who has his work cut out for him in communicating about his name!
Why You Should Not Ignore This
A lot of people hate change, especially when it comes to technology and favourite social networks. I get it that you may not use Twitter very often. But now really is the time to protect yourself and open your mind to doing things a little bit differently.
You may not think your Twitter activity has been particularly offensive. But consider how you might be perceived by some for tweeting your support of recent referenda in this country? (Ireland has had two successful referenda on abortion rights and same sex marriage in the last ten years).
When the global agenda changes, you might find yourself on the other side of the masses.
And that is scary.
I haven't got my head fully around Mastodon yet. And I really don't want to see my first love social media network Twitter get annihilated by the crackpots. But needs must. Or should be that Needs Musk? 😊
[That's probably the only thing we have to smile about right now]
So what are you waiting for?
Stop what you're doing and take 5 mins to protect yourself.
And if you only have a Mastodon account and haven't yet used it, don't feel you have to pay for a service you haven't yet got.
PS - hope you like the image, it was created in seconds for free by Dall-E (now called Craiyon)