On Mastodon

I'm over on Mastodon. Come say hello.

I tried out Mastodon years ago, but I didn't stick with it. For the last year, I've been looking for a way to host my own 'social notes' and other thoughts (my journal) on my own domain and at the same time that news started to percolate that Twitter was going to charge for the blue check and that it might cost $8 I wondered how much it would cost to self host my own Mastodon service.... Well, about $8 for a low end server.

I'd much rather support and fund a small hosting business with the costs to run the service than paying Twitter.

I'm not quitting Twitter - there's still a lot of people that I learn from that are on there and are unlikely to move. But I'm also happy to participate less in what it's becoming and work where I want to work.

I'm really enjoying the opportunity afforded by self-hosting and participating in a platform being build around open and interoperable specifications.

I'm also enjoying that the Mastodon Web App is a very good PWA.

I lead the Chrome Developer Relations team at Google.

We want people to have the best experience possible on the web without having to install a native app or produce content in a walled garden.

Our team tries to make it easier for developers to build on the web by supporting every Chrome release, creating great content to support developers on web.dev, contributing to MDN, helping to improve browser compatibility, and some of the best developer tools like Lighthouse, Workbox, Squoosh to name just a few.

I love to learn about what you are building, and how I can help with Chrome or Web development in general, so if you want to chat with me directly, please feel free to book a consultation.

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