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I think I saw @bhtooefr and @calvin use the term "exodus" a few times and I think I discovered what it meant. It wasn't about a mass migration to mastodon, but a migration to a new, similar-but-unrelated-and-incompatible platform?

@calvin @bhtooefr

here it is, more directly:

about halfway through the thread he basically describes "what if we pay one or two people with powerful servers to run a really big instance" but the other thing he says a bunch of times is that mastodon's interface is bad, which is pretty much true. It is nowhere near as quick and easy to use as twitter.

@bhtooefr @calvin

I know Chelsea Manning is on here somewhere, I think she's probably actually active, but gosh if I have no idea how to find her and follow her.

Calvin keeps saying "upstream" and if that refers to the flagship node(s) as far as I can tell, they aren't really upstream, they just happen to be big and being peered with that node doesn't exactly do anything for us for content on smaller nodes. (And, xychelsea is not on that specific node anyway.)

@coryw @calvin From, if I search for her, I find two accounts - one unofficial with an outdated avatar and no toots, one a mirror bot

@bhtooefr @calvin

SO hypothetically I have to go sign up on a big node just for finding people, or are we supposed to eventually get more information from that node?

CEO of Contoso @calvin

@coryw @bhtooefr I have no real idea how its supposed to go finding people, especially across nodes. I think it's a case of "tell them your username and probably server"

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@calvin @bhtooefr

To follow Jeph Jacques, who also isn't active any longer, I had to type to get it to show in search. So, If I used an external search tool to look up a person and then typed it in, it works, but I can't reliably just type in a name and find someone, at least not yet.

@coryw @calvin And I think that may have only worked because I was already following him, and people on follow me? Not entirely sure how that works

@bhtooefr @coryw Explicitly including server works for search, IIRC?

@calvin @bhtooefr yes, but again -- I only knew jeph was there because I went to bhtooefr's profile on and viewed his follows there.

@coryw @bhtooefr like I know that @danharmon and exist, but they haven't been on their pages since the last time - also, allegedly journalists too?

@calvin @coryw It really feels like discovery is a big issue with starting out a new instance, especially if it's a personal or personal+close friends instance - there's no Fediverse-wide recursive search function, there's only what your server knows, so Google may be what's needed to find people

@bhtooefr @calvin

Which is part of what made me say that it sort of feels like if just a few more people signed into maron and used the microfeed therein.

@coryw @bhtooefr Though the newsfeed is kind of a second class citizen - the tooling was kinda "eh" and MS never developed it, especially after buying Yammer.