MacVoices #23241: MacVoices Live! – More Social Media Evaluation (4)

The discussion of usefulness and drawbacks of various social media platforms continues as we wrap up this MacVoices Live! session.Chuck JoinerDavid GinsburgJim ReaWeb Bixby, Eric Bolden, and Ben Roethig are joined by Brittany Smith as they explore the issue of privacy concerns and the need for centralized information sources, and how different platforms align with their needs and interests. (Part 4) 


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Show Notes:


0:01:50 Interactions and community engagement on a different social network.
0:02:39 Instant Updates on Mastodon vs. Other Social Media Platforms
0:04:05 Different communities on social media for faster feedback.
0:05:18 Twitter for quick access to local weather reports.
0:07:15 New platforms emerging, messy transition in social media landscape.
0:09:50 Difficulty in recreating the appeal of Twitter on new platforms.
0:10:14 Matthew discusses chat room moderation practices
0:10:39 Disappointment with Political Commentary on Mastodon
0:12:04 Corporate entities prioritize openness for user acquisition
0:12:38 Federation Support: Bug or Feature?
0:16:13 Filtering and Customizing Feeds in Mastodon
0:19:10 The Local Feed vs. Following People
0:21:09 Exploring Different Social Media Platforms


Web Bixby has been in the insurance business for 40 years and has been an Apple user for longer than that.You can catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Eric Bolden is into macOS, plants, sci-fi, food, and is a rural internet supporter. You can connect with him on Twitterby 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].

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 built his own computer from scratch in 1975, started programming in 1977, and 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. He’s been a speaker at MacTech, MacWorld Expo and other industry conferences. Follow Jim at and via @[email protected] on Mastodon.

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.


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