MacVoices #23185: MacVoices Live! – Mona for Mastodon; Social Network Expectations (1)

A MacVoices Live! discussion with Chuck Joiner, David Ginsburg, Jim Rea, Brittany Smith, Eric Bolden, Ben Roethig, Jeff Gamet, Guy Serle, and Brian Flanagan-Arthurs starts off with an examination of the Mastodon client named Mona, highlighting its performance and user-friendly interface. They also talk about the trend of companies creating private instances on social media platforms, touch on Mastodon’s advertising potential, and how our expectations of social media platform behaviors have been informed by the major players. (Part 1)

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Show Notes:


0:03:31 Jeff Gamut’s Farewell from Boulder
0:07:02 Smooth Posting Experience with Mona
0:09:13 Quote Posts for Increased Engagement with Mona
0:12:28 Concerns about Social Media Management Security
0:15:03 Companies creating private communication tools instead of public instances
0:17:03 Shift in expectations for social media platforms and features
0:20:22 Mastodon: A Twitter Alternative Designed by Twitter Users
0:22:31 Mastodon: No Tolerance for Spammy Advertising
0:25:31 Fine-tuning your Mastodon experience: Following people vs hashtags
0:26:18 The Importance of Hashtags for Content Distribution
0:28:03 Discovering Relevant Content through Hashtags during WWDC 23


Eric Bolden is into macOS, plants, sci-fi, food, and is a rural internet supporter. You can connect with him on Twitter, by email at [email protected], on Mastodon at @[email protected], and on his blog, Trending At Work.

Brian Flanigan-Arthurs is an educator with a passion for providing results-driven, innovative learning strategies for all students, but particularly those who are at-risk. He is also a tech enthusiast who has a particular affinity for Apple since he first used the Apple IIGS as a student. You can contact Brian on twitter as @brian8944. He also recently opened a Mastodon account at @[email protected].

Jeff Gamet is a technology blogger, podcaster, author, and public speaker. Previously, he was The Mac Observer’s Managing Editor, and the TextExpander Evangelist for Smile. He has presented at Macworld Expo, RSA Conference, several WordCamp events, along with many other conferences. You can find him on several podcasts such as The Mac Show, The Big Show, MacVoices, Mac OS Ken, This Week in iOS, and more. Jeff is easy to find on social media as @jgamet on Twitter and Instagram, jeffgamet on LinkedIn., @[email protected] on Mastodon, and on his YouTube Channel at

David Ginsburg is the host of the weekly podcast In Touch With iOS where he discusses all things iOS, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and related technologies. He is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users. Visit his YouTube channel at and find and follow him on Twitter @daveg65 and on Mastodon at @[email protected]

Jim Rea has been an independent Mac developer continuously since 1984. He is the founder of ProVUE Development, and the author of Panorama X, ProVUE’s ultra fast RAM based database software for the macOS platform. Follow Jim at and via @provuejim on Twitter.

Ben Roethig has been in the Apple Ecosystem since the System 7 Days. He is the a former Associate Editor with Geek Beat, Co-Founder of The Tech Hangout and Deconstruct and currently shares his thoughts on RoethigTech. Contact him on Twitter and Mastodon.

Guy Serle, best known for being one of the co-hosts of the MyMac Podcast, sincerely apologizes for anything he has done or caused to have happened while in possession of dangerous podcasting equipment. He should know better but being a blonde from Florida means he’s probably incapable of understanding the damage he has wrought. Guy is also the author of the novel, The Maltese Cube. You can follow his exploits on Twitter, catch him on Mac to the Future on Facebook, at @[email protected], and find everything at

Brittany Smith is a trained cognitive neuroscientist who provides ADD/ADHD, technology, and productivity coaching through her business, Devise and Conquer, along with companion video courses for folks with ADHD. She’s also the cofounder of The ADHD Guild, a community for nerdy folks with ADHD. She, herself, is a self-designated “well-rounded geek”. She can be found on Twitter as @addliberator, on Mastodon as @[email protected], and on YouTube with tech tips.


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