That* mini-rant made me rethink my stance on privacy and personal-read-logs.

The mentioned social site,, had blogs and other stuff built in, but crucially it had logs that showed who read/looked at your stuff.
While those logs birthed a non-zero amount of anxiety towards anonymous profiles, they also let people monitor who saw their feelings, and course correct in the following blogs. And sometimes it even gave an excuse for talking with people.

*) Link:

And while earlier I was,
"Nooo, don't log my movements I don't want to be traaacked",

now I'm thinking it's just as important to give the author power to know what happens online. And it's not as if it's hidden knowledge, because everyone had their own logs. It's just another method of doing private but connected.

And IMO way better than the current fediverse attitude of "default open everything".
Yes, Mastodon gives options, but the way they're built inhibit community growth.

@zatnosk do you think a "local timeline only" option on mastodon would be a step in the right direction?

@kai possibly, but my vision can't be achieved inside Mastodon.
Local-only toots and proper groups would be interesting, though.

@zatnosk I think some sort of group feature is in the works. I'm not sure if it's GnuSocial groups or something new.

Personally, I'd love to see some sort of "events" system. To me, they're *the* facebook feature.

@kai events and groups are the two things on Facebook I want to extract. Very powerful, much potential, so social.

@zatnosk I know web devs are always worried about load times, and many people would say, those tools should be outsourced to other sites.

But anything social is a chicken-and-egg problem, and the people are here, so the tools should be built in, along with search and bookmarking.

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