my departure from twitter is permanent

But you can follow me on Mastodon though.

So why did I leave Twitter – an app which was for several years my preferred social network? The answer’s pretty simple – it just wasn’t fun anymore. And that sucks, because some of my friends are still on there and are unlikely to jump to Mastodon or other apps from what I’ve seen. However, once I started having the same feelings about Twitter that I had about Facebook (which I ditched last year), I knew it was time to go. So I deactivated my Twitter a few weeks back and then deleted the app sometime afterward.

While I was uncertain about Mastodon at first, it has fully subsumed the bird app for me. Despite its smaller user base and somewhat steeper learning curve, the network is simply fun.

Perhaps the best thing about Mastodon – or at least the instance I’ve joined, urbanists dot social – is that feeds appear to be true chrono and not algorithmic; in that sense, the conversations and threads feel more genuine.

Now, I won’t go as far as calling Mastodon’s ecosystem perfect, but it works well enough for me. So I’ll be tooting instead of tweeting from here on out. If you followed me on Twitter, I encourage you to give Mastodon a shot. If you feel it isn’t for you, that’s okay – you can always keep up with me right here in my small sliver of the cybernetic multiverse. Speaking of…

NYTIP: No ETA for v1.0.0 of the enhanced NYC subway, unfortunately, but I am working on it! I also have some thoughts about the IBX swimming in my head that I might blog about later. Also, full LIRR service to Grand Central Madison starts February 27th! Hooray!

TUTORING: Still at it! If my tutees’ queries are an indication, there is latent demand for science tutoring – chemistry and physics are some of the recent asks. I did well on both when I took them, but that was ages ago! Would have to refresh myself before expanding my repertoire beyond math and stats. Hard to believe I’ve been doing this for nearly 19 years – where does the time go? Guess time really flies when one is having fun!

discuss respectfully!