[OSM-talk] en.osm.town: Announcing a new Mastodon instance for OSM (en)

Rory McCann rory at technomancy.org
Fri Jun 29 15:04:45 UTC 2018

Hi all,

I've set up a Mastodon instance for OSM (english speaking)!


Mastodon is an open source, federated micro-blogging system, with more
than a million users. Basically open source twitter, spread across many
servers. This is a new instance/server focused on OpenStreetMap (there's
already fr.osm.social for francophone OSMers). Like email, this server
("instance") talks to other servers, so anyone on the "fediverse" can
follow and interact with anyone on this server & vice versa. The "local
timeline" will only show toots (= tweets) from everyone on the server,
so will be full of OSM related stuff.

Let's ditch twitter for something open, and under our control! No
adverts, no analytics, no "algorithmic" promoted tweets. 500 characters!
Let's use mapstodon instead!

I'm mirroring some twitter accounts to it. I can turn them over the
appropriate people, or continue to auto post from twitter. I'll create
more mirror accounts later.


More on Mastodon:

  * https://joinmastodon.org/
  * User guide:
  * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software)

Follow me on mapstadon: https://en.osm.town/@rory


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