About Twitter and Mastodon
Twitter has been my “source of truth” for a very long time. I learned a lot from the many technical people who share their work and knowledge on it. It got me in contact with foojay.io and allowed me to share my Java writing which eventually lead to my job at Azul! I also wasted way too many hours by scrolling, but I still believe most of them were worth it.
But what is happening at Twitter HQ since Musk took it over, is a turning point. The way the people, that made it a great place, are treated, is not how a company should be led.
I already had a Mastodon account for many years. It’s not a full-Twitter-alternative, but a micro-blogging system that has a lot of resemblance to Twitter. But as Twitter was still a good place, I didn’t use that account very actively.
When I saw a lot of people are moving to Mastodon, and that network became overloaded, it was clear we needed an instance for the Java community. I’m very thankful that Foojay provided that possibility. This happened in three steps:
- Checking if indeed there is a need: Let’s Start a Java Mastodon Community for Friends of OpenJDK!
- Gathering the reactions: Java Mastodon Service: The Feedback
- Let’s do this: Foojay Mastodon Service: Here It Is!