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Elon Musk completes Twitter takeover, Nextcloud to ship their own social network app

Just a bit of big industry news to cover today, as an update to the previous article talking about Elon Musk and Twitter — as the sale has completed. Plus a reminder on Mastodon and Nextcloud doing some fun social stuff too.

To get one thing out of the way: no, this is not gaming news, but we’ve covered big industry stuff for years. In this specific case, we (or should I say I), use Twitter a lot for sharing our news and interacting with people, spreading info about Linux gaming, Steam Deck and more. Follow GOL on Twitter here, our account is not going anywhere anytime soon.

It’s certainly going to be interesting to see what happens, with changes already underway. For one, Musk said Twitter is now building up a “content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints” and that the verification process (where you get a blue tick) is also being revamped and they’re even reportedly looking at charging people to stay verified.

Seems like a good time to remind people of alternatives, like Mastodon. We’re on it too and have been for a long time now, you can follow GOL on Mastodon here. It’s a little different to Twitter since it’s open source and federated, it works a lot more like email: you sign up anywhere, or host your own, and then chat with everyone.

Linking into that, Nextcloud announced their own “Nextcloud Social” platform which will ship in Nextcloud by default, and it will have support for the the Activity Pub standard and Mastodon directly too. That could be interesting, as they have quite a lot of people using it.

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