resipsa.social - Microblogging (Read: Twitter) for Legal Professionals
As is the case in many non-technology professions, legal professionals often struggle to remain engaged in social networks. You are either shouting into the void on Twitter, sharing a Law360 article with your Great Aunt on Facebook, or tossing a post in to the fan that is LinkedIn, to be "liked" by your colleagues while they are looking for a new job.
Well there is now another somewhat more palatable option -- Mastodon. There have been a number of articles floating around the ether in the last few weeks that do a much better job explaining what Mastodon is and how to get started on it. Suffice to say that it is, for the end user, essentially a service comparable to Twitter, with a few tweaks.
First, it is decentralized, which means you don't just sign up at mastodon.com and start sharing Ice-T memes. You need to choose an "instance" -- essentially, a community. Generic instances were the first to gain real traction, mastodon.social and mastodon.network are both instances geared towards general interest use. Second, and perhaps most importantly, it has much more granular control over who sees what you post where; each individual "toot" (not a Tweet) can have its own privacy settings. Third, Mastodon, at least in its pure form, is free from ads, trackers, and (so far) brands. It is open source software, which means the code is freely available for use, modification and redistribution, and anyone can launch an instance.
So I have.
Mostly for me, but it is my hope that in time it may interest other legal professionals that are looking for a place to speak with others of their own kind and share news and information that may not be as well suited for a general audience -- or Great Aunts.