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Some meta thoughts about social networking

I really love #Mastodon, it is for me the successor of GNU Social a free, decentralized and open "Twitter-like" social network with the unique chance to become more than just a toy for some geeks.

But what I observe, similar to my Twitter usage: I use it often as a one way tool to publish my thoughts, interesting links, etc. Often I don't engage in discussions or decide to answer with my #Friendica account instead. While 500 chars are enough to publish a initial thought, it is barely enough to have a meaningful discussion about a topic. I'm the only one who feels sometimes to restricted by this arbitrary limit? Aren't this kind of technical limitations of discussions against the purpose of social networking? Maybe Mastodon should get over this Twitter-heritage and find other ways to keep the timeline readable, e.g. "read more" links or something similar...

Hm, @Fedilab always crashes when I try to reply to a post on my #Friendica account. I'm the only one with this problem? #fedilab