Chose the form!
It seems off to have to sign-up to a particular package for this. It should be a distributed group of some kind.
Hopefully more news organizations do the same, even if it’s only a X-echo.
Alternatives to Mastodon, readers, tools, stuff:
A recent post by Fedi.Tips had an interesting concept:
- On Mastodon, and others, everything is available as an RSS feed.
- You can follow an RSS feed.
So, if your instance doesn’t have much traffic on a tag that you want to follow, you can reach over, and follow the tag on another instance that does.
Poot! Apparently stock Mastodon doesn’t support following RSS feeds. Odd, because it seems like something that should be automatic with ActivityPub. Missing code, or a design decision?
That’s a shame. It’s useful for selectively following people, but only on tagged subjects.
I am disappointed, because I had a project in mind where would be a key feature.
A nine month long thread suddenly appeared on my instance, after someone I follow reshared one post from an hour ago. It’s not a bad thing, just unexpected at first. It reminds me of the old pre-Internet days of Usenet, when a weeks-old reply would suddenly turn up from a site several dodgy hops off the backbone.
On my end: