"As Mastodon becomes more popular, it’s important that Micro.blog stays true to its blogging roots and unique take on social media, rather than shifting to be a Twitter or Mastodon clone. We don’t need a monoculture with all apps looking exactly the same."
Keeping up with news? Use a news aggregator instead. Professional networking? LinkedIn etc. Socializing with people you already know? Signal, WhatsApp and so on. Entertainment? Newsletters. (Note: This is a "gifted" link that should bypass the paywall.)
> Up until sometime this past week, deep in the bowels of Google headquarters, a dusty, forgotten server still whirred along. "Take the best of Google everywhere on the web!" it would shout to any poor soul who wandered by the darkened closet. "Google Toolbar is faster, sleeker and more personalized than ever before!"
Ars Technica checked out the current Google Toolbar experience last week. Not much still worked. And between then and publishing the article, Google finally shut it down after 21 years.
"After more than a decade of using smartphones, we have been conditioned to expect that we will always know where we are. When we lose that information, we feel as though the floor has dropped away. The aversion to such discomfort keeps us on the straight and narrow, unthinkingly obeying directions offered up by machines."