Twitter isn't going anywhere any time soon, but there has been quite an exodus and Mastodon is quickly growing as a popular alternative.

This may be a bit early (Mastodon could still prove to be a flash in the pan), but I wanted to bring it up for consideration. A little healthy competition would be good for Twitter, and Stack Overflow would be a very helpful resource for finding new Mastodon accounts to follow.

I'm aware that I can use the "Website link", but it doesn't quite have the same cachet (and would interfere with those that use this for linking to blogs, etc)

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    What about counter.social, meta/facebook, discord, etc.? I'd argue that as twitter dies out we just remove it rather than add every new social network that pops up and sounds cool for now.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Nov 8 at 20:13
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    @AaronBertrand - It was always a bit arbitrary that there was a twitter link at all. That said... a decade ago, Twitter was my main source for connecting with tech professionals (Microsoft MVPs, authors, etc). I don't think I was unusual, in that regard. To this day, if SO appears to be down, I check the SO twitter account for status updates. I suspect Mastodon will increasingly fill that role, but I suppose we shall have to wait and see.
    – JDB
    Nov 8 at 21:57
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    To be fair, the SO twitter account is different from all the twitter accounts users might post on their profiles (it's doubtful any of them are as useful to other Stack Overflow users). But let's look at the data: what % of users do you think have even entered anything in that field in their profile (never mind whether it's still a valid account)? Take a guess: (A) 40% (B) 15% (C) 5% (D) 2%
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Nov 8 at 22:28
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    ...and that's something that has had over a decade to percolate and reach some kind of mass. Jumping on the mastodon train when most people first heard of it a week ago seems... premature.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Nov 8 at 22:30
  • "It was always a bit arbitrary that there was a twitter link at all." just as a background history, the "Web presence" (now "Links") was added in 2015, and it seems there was no change (other than the sunset of SO Careers) since then despite many social platforms after that. Nov 9 at 2:50
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    FWIW... if you use the website link on your SO profile, it already adds a rel="me" attribute to the anchor tag, which is consistent with RelMeAuth and other standards used by sites like Mastodon to verify links.
    – JDB
    Nov 10 at 15:36
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    social.vivaldi.net/@Nick_Craver@infosec.exchange/… amusingly there's a thread about (some of this) on mastodon.
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Nov 21 at 0:14

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I don't think it's the place of websites to add social media links anymore, and I would only ever be in favor of abandoning our existing social links in favor of just providing a single website link box.

With the flexibility of browsers and the number of networks out there now, trying to pick and choose which ones to display here will only ever result in others being disappointed theirs isn't. I shudder when I think back to the old days when sites had entire icon packs with popups listing every conceivable social site.

These days, there are even services that let you set up a simple "link tree" style website where you can link out to every social media site, community, or whatever other place you keep a profile with minimal effort. Build one of those and slap it into your website link slot, and everyone can easily track you to wherever they want regardless of what a certain site offers and without having to type them all in at every new site.


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