Mauro

@mauromotion

Motion designer, guitarist, overall nerd.

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Join me on Mastodon

Hey folks!

I'd like to invite you to join me on Mastodon.

Mastodon is a free and open social network, not run by any company but independently by people. It doesn't have any ads since it's non-profit; therefore there are no algorithms to tell you what you should click on or harvesting your personal data to then sell to third parties. It's a free software to meet, connect and stay in touch with people.

Unlike Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, Mastodon is decentralized; this means that there is not a single "Mastodon website" to sign up and login but many with many different flavours. Think about it like email: you can have a gmail address, outlook or yahoo or whatever you chose, but you can still send and receive emails from anyone regardless of what email service they're using.
Same with Mastodon: you can chose and join one server but you can still follow people on the whole Mastodon network, since every server is connected to the others in a network called Fediverse.

I'm currently on the most populated general purpose Mastodon instance called mastodon.social.

You don't have to be registered there to follow me but if you wish now is the right time because they have reopened the registrations after being closed for a few months to new users, and they will close it again soon eventually.

There are some other generalist big servers like mastodon.host or mastodon.cloud
Or even some more specialized ones like: mastodon.design, boardgames.social, mastodon.technology, mastodon.art, etc...

My Mastodon "handle" (again, think about it like an email address if you wish) is:

@mauro_motion@mastodon.social

Once you have created an account on any server you can search for my handle and follow me. You're not even forced to use your real name if that matters. You can even migrate on a different server if and when you'd want to. There are some nice apps for Android and iPhone as well.

Here you can find some more detailed informations: https://joinmastodon.org/

Hope to see you on Mastodon soon!

Ciao,

Mauro.

Surfing for music before the big Facebook wave

The other day I've received one of those reminders called "anniversaries" on Facebook, and I've noticed that it's been 11 years since I created my Facebook account.
Driving back into memory lane I was thinking how my digital life was effectively different before the advent of the centralized social media networks we all have been using in the last decade.
At that period in time (around 2008) I was very much into music, I had quite a bit more free time, as I was still finishing my studies, and I can remember well how much I was obsessed with gathering info about new music on the internet. Trying to keep up with the various Pitchfork, Quietus or NME and also the myriad of little peculiar blogs that were populating the web was indeed a daunting task.

I was also obsessed (as always) with digital tools and with the best ways to get the most out of the exploding informational chaos that the internet had already become. My main tool at the time, likewise many people, was an RSS feeds aggregator. At first I've been using Mozilla Thunderbird which still has RSS reader functionalities nowadays but very soon I had to move to Google Reader, as it was so much better at the time and it didn't have many rivals.

I still have the .opml file (a list of websites) that I kept curating on an off for the last 12 years or more. It is now filled with a bunch of dead links that I'd probably have to remove but it is still there. It travelled from one RSS aggregator to the other to finally land into Feedly when Google closed its RSS reader for good.

Digital life was so much different. Then Facebook (and Twitter) arrived. Everybody was on there, even all the music labels and the news websites and a few of the (less obscure) blogs that I used to follow via RSS, landed on the major social media networks.

I remember that I thought at some point that it was so convenient. Finally all my interests and the things I've been chasing over the internet were all together (with my friends as well!) on the same feed.

My actual feeling about this in part may be deformed by the changes in my life's priorities, but I remember those times chasing the newest cool underground garage punk band on some blog with awkward CSS, as a much better time for my music fruition and enjoyment.

Now we've been using Spotify,Twitter and Facebook for a decade but everything feels so dull and unexciting.

What I'd like to do now that I barely use social media anymore (with the exception of Mastodon) is to get back into that musical research frenzy because the blogs are still there, new bands are always making music and the internet is still the most exciting tool to get in touch with a lot of diverse great stuff.

It looks like an age is finally closing. At least for me. And I can wake up from this long sleep that lasted 11 years and get back to were I was.

I will keep you posted.

Let's open that old RSS reader, let's rock and roll.