One thing Twitter has over Mastodon, reading threads. When I get a reply on Mastodon, it's not easy to find what it's in reply to, and often and unpredictably is a context change, I get transferred to another website. I know this is the result of federation. #
Over the last month I made it so you can log onto FeedLand with email in addition to Twitter. You still have to have a Twitter account to sign up, but if Twitter were to go down or disappear, if you had registered an email address with FeedLand you would still be able to log in. #
And note that since new membership is closed, everyone who uses FeedLand already has registered with a Twitter account, so there are no problems. #
Perhaps at some point I will produce a version of FeedLand that only uses email for identity. I would do that now if I had 35 programmers working on this stuff, but it's just me, and I have to get back to what I'm good at -- making features users want, and inventing new shit no one else thought of. #
People seem to assume I'm like a VC-backed company and I want the most users I possibly can get. This is very far from the truth. I want enough users, and no more. I need support from users, to make sure my new features work, and to make feature requests that make the product better. #
At some point perhaps I'll work with a company to make it a huge thing like Mastodon or WordPress, commercial to use, open source if you want to deploy your own. But it's not something I can do as a person. #
Last update: Thursday December 29, 2022; 12:45 PM EST.
You know those obnoxious sites that pop up dialogs when they think you're about to leave, asking you to subscribe to their email newsletter? Well that won't do for Scripting News readers who are a discerning lot, very loyal, but that wouldn't last long if I did rude stuff like that. So here I am at the bottom of the page quietly encouraging you to sign up for the nightly email. It's got everything from the previous day on Scripting, plus the contents of the linkblog and who knows what else we'll get in there. People really love it. I wish I had done it sooner. And every email has an unsub link so if you want to get out, you can, easily -- no questions asked, and no follow-ups. Go ahead and do it, you won't be sorry! :-)