Ow, and X, formerly known as Twitter, is again not allowing guests to view things.
Bluebird painting 💙
A Mountain Bluebird painting completed with a palette knife for a lovely thick texture. This sweet little bird is native to western North America.
#bluebird #birds #bird #BirdArt #BirdPainting
#BirdsOfMastodon #artist #wildlife #BirdOfTheDay #MastoBirds #painting #FediGiftShop #nature #birdsite #JanMatson #birding #NativeBirds #GiftIdeas #prints #art
Chickadee Bird Art 🍃🌸🍃🍃🌸🍃
A sweet little Chickadee perched on a twig, completed mostly with a palette knife for a thick feathery texture.
#chickadee #birds #bird #BirdArt #BirdPainting
#BirdsOfMastodon #artist #wildlife #BirdOfTheDay #MastoBirds #painting #FediGiftShop #nature #birdsite #JanMatson #birding #NativeBirds #GiftIdeas #prints #art #AmericanBirds
NFL tells X it's concerned about placement of ads on white nationalist accounts
Article on the massive disinformation and conspiracies behind the Lahaina, Maui, wildfire disaster. The reason for the spread, per NPR: "Now, they rapidly gain an audience on platforms like X — renamed from Twitter — after Elon Musk took over and most of its staff working on content moderation left or were laid off." #wildfires #disinformation #conspiracy #birdsite #fires https://www.npr.org/2023/09/28/1202110410/how-rumors-and-conspiracy-theories-got-in-the-way-of-mauis-fire-recovery?ft=nprml&f=1019
A major part of my internet history will go offline soon enough. There is no hope for #birdsite anymore, I really wanted to believe there was.
The will to not have any affiliation to that asshat has surpassed my will to keep this history.
I did grab my data citing GDPR, before they removed media from before 2014. So the history isn't completely gone, at least.
I have a gripe with that I can only deactivate the account. Nothing talks about deletion.
Work has been A Thing Again, so once again, I’m way behind. I’m doing little themed updates as I can to catch up.
This one's on Musk Twitter. I know, I come back to Twitter a lot, don’t I? Well, it is the single largest bullhorn for fascist disinformation and propaganda outside Fox News, so you can see why I think it’s relevant.
@pitrouillesque If people prefer what #Threads or #BlueSky have to offer (algorithms to spoon feed them posts, algorithms to help theirs go viral and satisfy their egos, and quote posts to let them vent their feelings to audiences far larger than they have earned), then I'm happy for them. I fear, however, that both platforms will eventually inherit the bad aspects of the #BirdSite. People who value respect and friendliness may even return to #Mastadon. Happily, it offers none of those things.
"Twitter Fires Election Integrity Team Ahead of 2024 Elections"
The Information: Musk’s X Cuts Half of Election Integrity Team After Promising to Expand It (paywall) #politics #birdsite #disinformation https://www.theinformation.com/articles/musks-x-cuts-half-of-election-integrity-team-after-promising-to-expand-it
Axios: "Yaccarino defends X over hate speech rise accusations... Former Twitter trust and safety head Yoel Roth accused Elon Musk at a conference Wednesday of ruling by dictate, rather than policy, and decimating the reputation of the platform known as X. " #birdsite https://www.axios.com/2023/09/28/code-conference-twitter-x-yaccarino-musk-hate-speech?utm_campaign=editorial&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon
I have an (inactive) backup account which gets email from the #birdsite, and every email always is preceded by a toxic right wing person's post. (do not follow any of the toxic right wing people there that show up). And people over there say: "why aren't you posting here anymore?"
"Since Twitter’s official rebrand to X on July 23, Musk has replied to at least 50 right-wing accounts a total of at least 282 times." #birdsite #hate #racism https://www.mediamatters.org/elon-musk/qanon-supporters-bigots-and-white-nationalists-here-are-far-right-accounts-elon-musk
Birdsite has logged me out of my account on my phone and I can't log back in so that's that then I guess?. 🤦♀️ 🤷♀️
Last used it three days ago so it's can't be a timeout for lack of usage?
Also unless you're logged in threaded posts appear to be broken so that also makes it useless for any news links ..
Took under a calender year to make site mostly unusable which is mildly impressive, thought it would only take a few months..
I still don't understand #BirdSite (yes, I am leaving... I'll close the door on my way out)...
I tweeted a jokey reply to a tweet and used the word "'shrooms"...
Next thing I know: I get followed by an account dedicated to psychedelic drugs 😯
The original tweet was about mushroom soup...
I mean... lost for words
I see how this will be a remotely good thing for the #BirdSite like seriously.
I miss the old Twitter, seriously. It was fantastic; sure, it was not perfect, but it was an amazing place to be on. Now? I rarely ever go there, I lurk here on #Mastodon a lot.
Musk bought the #birdsite to make it into a fountain of fascist disinformation and propaganda, and that’s what it now is.
Anyone still using it is supporting that project.
Musk’s X Is Biggest Outlet of Russia Disinformation, EU Says
There's not & never has been a single public square. There are always public squares, plural. Yes, the internet & technology in general fall sway to winner-take-all dynamics. But we cannot allow our connectivity, info flow & communities to fall hostage to the whims of a malevolent idiot. #Mastodon #BlueSky #birdsite #Twitter #Threads
This is a bit tricky. Ian Dunt recently published "How Westminster Works... And Why It Doesn't" which covers some deeper problems than just one political party.
The Kindle version is currently 99p and he is promoting the offer on #Birdsite
Here's the URL for the #Amazon page. That page also has a "Free Sample" option.
When Mr X took over the #BirdSite last year, we saw a huge #TwitterMigration, which was great because it was for all the right reasons, and the more people with integrity the merrier. Threatening to charge for an X account, could trigger a second exodus, but those migrants will possibly have a different motivation. Let's hope that, if people just want a free clone of #Twitter, they walk straight on by and land at #Threads or #BlueSky, where they will be happy, I'm sure.
It's nice here.
"Loin derrière Pinterest, TikTok, YouTube et même Facebook et Instagram, X confirme sa place de plateforme privilégiée par les climatosceptiques depuis son rachat par Elon Musk."
#climatoscepticisme #birdsite #xtwitter
I find it amusing that, without any ability to make rules against it or even really moderate people talking about it, I can go on endlessly promoting #Mastodon / #Fediverse on #Twitter, but on here, moderation tools are so strong that if we want to mention Twitter but not actually talk about it (as in, saying we saw something on Twitter), we have to use euphemisms like #BirdSite or #TheOtherSite to get around being accidentally caught in people's filters...
I just supported Mathstodon:
A bit sad/ironic, though, that there are birdsite links but none for Mastodon...
@RickiTarr I’m here because my strongly pro-science and anti-fascist tweets got my @ChemicalEyeGuy #birdsite :birdsite: account with 1,000 followers ‘permanently suspended’ - and without warning - on the day of the #2022election. #Mastodon is where other respected #science tweeters were headed, so I joined the #TwitterExodus and here I am. I like the strong artistic vibe, and the growing #chemistry community, but I’d like to see more journalists and political cartoonists.
Glanced at what is going on over at the #Birdsite (and its owner), and, no surprises.
@michal from what i have observed; there was a initial crowd of farright folks in the long long ago (times when the identitairies came about) that mostly had #crusade themed profiles, moved on to their pseudointellectual classical greek phase* and now have discovered the roman empire. all to the reactionary background humming/dogwhistling of #birdsite accounts such as culture_crit
Las Vegas Review Journal: "I’ve never seen more dehumanizing vitriol and hostility directed at journalists at any time in my career... And that was before this weekend.... Before conspiracy theorists, agenda-driven ideologues and even Elon Musk decided to engage in an unfounded media criticism dogpile to keep the outrage roaring." #antisemitism #hate #threats #journalism #birdsite #twitter https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/demonizing-journalists-to-spread-disinformation-is-dangerous-and-undemocratic-2906667/
Poynter: "The Las Vegas Review-Journal is facing a harassment campaign stoked by Elon Musk, one year after a reporter was killed for his coverage... (another reporter) became the target of anti-Semitic attacks and death wishes over the weekend..." #birdsite #hate #antisemitism #journalism https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2023/a-reporter-made-sure-a-retired-police-chiefs-death-didnt-go-uncovered-then-social-media-attacked-her/
Messy Hair Day - emu painting 💙
Impressionist oil painting portrait of a quirky emu on a bright blue background.
#emu #birds #bird #BirdArt #BirdPainting
#BirdsOfMastodon #artist #wildlife #BirdOfTheDay #MastoBirds #painting #FediGiftShop #nature #birdsite #JanMatson #birding #NativeBirds #Australia #AustralianBirds #GiftIdeas #prints #art
If the petulant billionaire starts charging over at the wreckage of the #Birdsite, I expect a few more people moving over here. Although, I suspect more of the Towel of #Babel and people fleeing to Facebook/Threads. The folks I see over there still posting are looking for popularity or wanting to be an influencer/celebrity, so I suspect they're going to head to Tiktok/Instagram/Threads.
#Muskrat thinking of paywalling ALL of the #Birdsite https://variety.com/2023/digital/news/elon-musk-charge-all-x-twitter-users-fee-1235726693/
When your former "head of trust and safety" is writing this stuff in the New York Times Opinion section... #Social#Media #Birdsite https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/18/opinion/trump-elon-musk-twitter.html?unlocked_article_code=DHNBvNmj7vRm_zQrcgW8bhC0BUS0ARCAuv6W1L753wUGowg4NAiMtA3DCwmssHgp9Z5rhjQnCn8ONPViBPWNgVkQhMjgXp-L50-OdWEch-VbyTC2Ur3QHwrAPJ4c2U_zeYZQ4yX0R2Bvag-Czj_M1e2CvBVeqjYzdaRmyu9NSbglAESZC773aCqj9tnUTj05PRoIlepy-37MqSQuamudjCtLgVTF8eO_EHVb0c1qDkU-kveDTKd4fru0tz54ZMdqbmNt6GL7svtzc6UPPaBY9R5W99QmixJQW1KfdtpluqeUmDzhCkF2AporQJSmyi_N4gfjPcB11Mde3LgsEPs7R10&smid=url-share
Are you new to #mastodon, perhaps the #fediverse in general? Coming over from the #birdsite #twitter? Getting ready to do your #introduction and need some great, authentic accounts to follow? Start with #verified #journalism #journalists that have already joined #newstodon - visit https://www.verifiedjournalist.org for fabulous folks to follow!
I wonder how many will pay. I'm not being facetious. At this point, I'm not sure enough have left #Twitter to make a dent in its cultural and sociopolitical impact and I'm concerned that competing platforms (e.g., #Mastodon, #Bluesky, #Threads) are losing each #TwitterMigrant back to #BirdSite.
Per Variety:"Elon Musk Suggests He Will Charge All X/Twitter Users a Fee to Be on the Platform”
Edit: since I posted, Bluesky/Threads are trending on Twitter.
Hummingbirds are flying south, hope you enjoy this one I did from a series called Dazzling Ruby!
Can Be Purchased Here..https://tina-lecour.pixels.com/featured/dazzling-ruby-tina-lecour.html
I never bought into the *give us an Edit button* mantra on the #birdsite but, oh my, I’m lovin’ Mastodon’s Edit function, so I can fix all my screwups
TIL: ‘Copy Link’ on the #birdsite invokes an x\.com URL, which renders as just a link.
Whereas copying the tweet/post’s native URL still invokes an embed.
Musk sure seems intent on driving down engagement 🤷♂️
- See cramforce on the #birdsite 👉 https://x.com/cramforce/status/1510047037277958147?s=20
(Please qualify your non-No answer)
#Birdsite once again throttling the New York Times. #NYTimes https://www.semafor.com/article/09/10/2023/twitter-appears-to-throttle-new-york-times
We’ll see how that goes
Masked owl painting 2 🦉🍁🍂🍁🍂🦉
A textured oil painting portrait of an Australian Masked Owl.
#owl #owls #birds #bird #birdart #birdpainting
#BirdsOfMastodon #artist #wildlife #BirdOfTheDay #MastoBirds #painting #FediGiftShop #nature #birdsite #JanMatson #birding #NativeBirds #garden #Australia
We passed 20,000 followers in this week on #mastodon!
In less than a year, we've accumulated 29% of the followers we got in 9 years of regular posting on the #birdsite, and we get far, far more engagement with our content here.
We will continue to post regularly here because we have found it is a community that values our kind of thoughtful journalism, written by experts for the public.
If you know folks who haven't discovered us yet, we'd really appreciate a boost #Newstodon
I'm not sure what to make of the fact that this legendary figure... who posted this 6 years ago... is over on #birdsite yucking it up... (boosting Palmer Report etc..) thereby tolerating -- no ENDORSING a metric ton of white supremacy.
He was last active on here - in December.
Dismal indeed. 😩
Things I've learned since I ditched the #birdsite for good:
We don't need to know everything about everywhere all of the time! It's OK to fall behind on local and world news; to catch up at weekends, or to abandon the #newscycle altogether!
We shouldn't feel annoyed with ourselves when a friend updates us on something we hadn't yet heard ourselves. Conversations feel so much more natural when those taking part haven't already heard absolutely everything there is to hear about already!
After 12 months, I've finally pulled the pin and deactivated my account over at the #BirdSite. I've not posted at all this year and got sick of the anxiety the notifications were causing.
Why is the React community this bad?
(screenshot from a brief foray into the #birdsite)
@mekkaokereke @Jorsh This comes with the fact that Anybody can make an account on a Mastodon instance or even establish a #Fediverse instance.
If we are to have a #BlackFedi, we have to keep in mind that like the #birdsite, racists are everywhere and we have to learn that we have to moderate against them. Moderating against hateful users and instances is the key. Moderators lead regular lives and jobs and, cannot always be here to keep up with racists accounts. It's free thankless work to most of them.
At least with Mastodon, the owners is not somebody who actually wants far right wingers to drive up engagement with hate. There is no protocol to stop instances or users that are hateful to be created. On #Twitter, hate speech is actually encouraged and justified as being "free speech."
thriving here on fedi 🤩
Hope it's a great one!
@Am_Sparky1@mastodon.coffee @Am_Sparky1@hellions.cloud @CWTFD
Goldfinches are one of my favorites at the feeder during summer months, hope you enjoy this one called "Sweet Little Goldfinch", Happy Thursday:)
Can Be Purchased Here..https://tina-lecour.pixels.com/featured/sweet-little-goldfinch-tina-lecour.html