The argument appears to be less about himself and more about the everyone else on twitter he sees and interacts with https://twitter.com/search?q=gravislizard%20mastodon&src=typd
or: "twitter as a technical product isn't the problem" (a thread) https://twitter.com/gravislizard/status/913074147625799680
@coryw @calvin Ultimately I feel like he doesn't /want/ to understand Mastodon, reading through that thread, and he explicitly doesn't want to understand federation, even though there's not much to understand - from an end user perspective, it works kinda like e-mail, but better. However, if the userbase actually did migrate? He probably would end up migrating.
It feels like a well thought-out system in most respects (the biggest issues IMO, being on a well-federated server, are with the firehose that is the federated timeline and language filtering of it IMO, but Twitter would be far worse if it had such a "master timeline"), that just needs a critical mass of userbase.
@calvin @coryw To be entirely fair, being in what's been called the flagship server (although technically I think the biggest servers are Japanese), I see a *lot*, and at least what I've seen in the firehose from racing mastodon has merely been bots copying prominent racing organizations' Twitter feeds
@coryw @bhtooefr another point - I know a lot of the thoughtleaders in SHT-twitter like Zoe Quinn have not only mentioned mastodon, but have actually donated largeish sums to it - have they moved over to it for their stuff? if they quit cold-enough turkey on twitter, perhaps they can get the critical mass on Mastodon.
or maybe they never really weanted Mastodon at all - they just want Twitter but <their demands>, and Mastodon is more of a strike than an exodus.
I know that xychelsea is on mastodon, it looks like she posts pretty similar stuff on both. I don't know about Zoe Quinn, but those kinds of people tend to be able (or they use tools to do it) to manage multiple platforms more easily.
To display my own social exhaustion, I am also not on facebook at all.
@bhtooefr @coryw Agreed. I do think there are weird UI sniggles as a result of being federated, but IIRC, there are workarounds, interest from upstream in patching it over, and there's a big chance they'll both all be on one big server and/or have a social network big enough on a server that papers over federation quirks.
This goes along with what I said... (earlier today?) on here about mastodon feeling like early twitter. Talking to people feels like why I have twitter, and a lot of it is discovery of new people. I met gravis online on twitter *this year* and hung out with him when we went to seattle, something that appears to very be forming here, but it's slow going.