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@manton & @danielpunkass Listening to the latest @coreint got me thinking about the question "Why have Mastodon and Pixelfed and ... rather than just posting to and letting people follow wherever?".

It's a really great question. For me it's two main things.

The difference between syndication and participation. You can easily syndicate from to Mastodon or Pixelfed, but you can't fully participate because we're not quite speaking the same language. Boosts and favourites are part of the conversation.

Another is the difference between a post and something more ephemeral. e.g. Not every random screenshot or picture you toot is intended for a photo feed, and not every random thought is intended for a blog.

Ryan Booker @ryanbooker