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This is a PSA

Please remember people:

- Replace twitter.com by a 'nitter' instance - it allows you to read stuff on the bird site without the annoyances.
github-wiki-see.page/m/zedeus/

- Replace reddit.com by a 'teddit' instance in the same way
codeberg.org/teddit/teddit

- Put your annoying newspaper link after 'archive.is' for the same result.
archive.ph

If we all work together on this one, we can all make Mastodon a better place!

Thank you!

This is the end of this PSA.

@ParadeGrotesque
LibRedirect extension for Firefox will do this for you. Bibliogram is intentionally crippled by Instagram though so another workaround needs to be devised

@trebach

True, but the goal is to make Mastodon better for everyone - not just those who know how to install extensions.

Refuse to feed the beast and all that... 😉

(Also, I did not know about bibliogram, thanks!)

@ParadeGrotesque no, actually, because this can obfuscate the sources of information and prevent people from making informed decisions about what they want to see. If someone wants to use nitter or teddit or whatever, they can use the original link with those services themselves.

@juliana

Most of the time, Mastodon helpfully includes a short summary of the link, so you can get info on what's at the end of the link before clicking on it.

@ParadeGrotesque the archive.ph link has a captcha thing at the end. Who really will go through that and use this?

@FriendofBernie

Use archive.is - I have never had a captcha when using it.

Something like: archive.is/www.annoying-website.com/url/to/article usually works very well.

@ParadeGrotesque Don't forget: Replace youtube.com with 'invidio.us' or a (random) instance!

And personally I use 12ft.io over archive.is.

I like to add a parenthetical noting both the original site the video/writing was published on & the proxy site.

@ParadeGrotesque There is also Bibliogram for Instagram, rimgo for Imgur, ProxiTok for TikTok, Libreddit for reddit (new layout), Scribe for Medium, SearXNG for many search engines, and SimplyTranslate for some online translators.

@ParadeGrotesque

not sure about nitter & teddit, but you can easily get archive.is in one go with the `!ais` shebang in ddg

@ParadeGrotesque I get the intent, but do any of the Nitter instances guarantee link stability over time?

I'd rather link as directly to the content as possible, so that the link doesn't depend on a 3rd-party service that might shut down in a year or two, and leave all my posts full of dead links.

Maybe Wayback Machine links would be preferable to some random Nitter instance? They seem to be in it for the long haul.

@kadin

That's a valid question, but nitter instances are usually long lived and follow the link format of twitter.

Hence nitter.net/some/link will be equivalent to other.nitter.org/some/link therefore giving you a long-term access to the same content.

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