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Getting active on Mastodon¶
Sunday, December 12, 2021 (11:23)
Yesterday I started to use my account firstname.lastname@example.org by posting miscellaneous spontaneous things. But before getting used to it, I tried to fix a little problem: I feel that the name “Mastodon” is an unfortunate choice. So I created a new account email@example.com on a server with a less ugly name. And then I tried to migrate from the old to the new account.
I requested an archive of my posts and uploaded media. It was in a file
archive-20211212102746-c6d0ac3e88bd2ad90e715de093b9aec3.tar.gz, which is
in the ActivityPub format, which
should be readable by any compliant software. Note that you can request an
archive only once every 7 days–for understandable reasons.
But then, on the new server, I tried to import that data. Especially my posts. But either I am stupid or it doesn’t work, it always says “We’re sorry, but something went wrong on our end.”
So while it is easy to migrate to another server with all your account data (friends, followers, bookmarks…), your posts (including media files) cannot move. This even makes some sense now that I think about it: my posts can be a lot of data, and they are published on the Internet with an URL.
Conclusion: I will remain on mastodon.online and probably even delete my account on climatejustice.social (because I avoid using two names for a same thing).