But the lifecycle pattern of sites that provide free content posting services to the general public keeps repeating itself:
1) service opens, is exciting/different in some way, reaches new audiences
2) popularity grows, audience widens
3) business scrambles to make advertising keep up with growing costs
4) sacrifices made to platform that hurt users/devs and help corporate advertisers
5) site closes
Many see services like facebook/twitter as permanent, but I just see them as another friendster/myspace.
I joined Tumblr early on, and got the username "nate" in 2008. Since then I've been propositioned and even threatened by folks who wanted my username handed to them.
So maybe I'm one of the few who aren't too sad about Tumblr losing some popularity. Then again, I was never more than an infrequent visitor/poster.
honestly though, mastodon instances are run and moderated by real people who care about the network, to the point of often paying their own money out-of-pocket to run their instances.
the *one* time i've had to report a post, my instance admin messaged me directly to let me know the action taken about it.
don't be shy to report. it works here. the rules aren't there just to keep things advertiser-friendly.
welcome to mastodon. don't be a dick. hug your local mods/admins.
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