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Thu Dec 22, 2022, 04:17 PM Dec 2022

Elad has programmed a holiday gift for DU -- (limited) Mastodon embedding is now available [View all]

This discussion thread was locked by EarlG (a host of the Announcements group).

As you know, tweets and YouTube videos can be automatically embedded on DU by simply entering the URL of the tweet or video into the body of your post. Elad has now added functionality so that Mastodon posts (toots) can be embedded in the same way.

In addition, links to Mastodon feeds and profiles can now be posted without the link breaking.

There are some caveats!

First, this is VERY experimental, so you may experience unexpected issues. If you see anything that looks like it's working incorrectly, please feel free to contact me via DU Mail.

Second, because Mastodon is a decentralized system, there is no single "top level" domain -- like "twitter.com" or "youtube.com" -- to point at. This creates some issues for us, but the bottom line is that we essentially have to have a list of "approved" Mastodon servers that our embedding will work for.

We've started with a short list of six of the most popular servers that many journalists are using. So as of now, embedding only works for the following servers:


Please note that if you link to any other server, it will show up as just a link, not an embed. If this all keeps working as intended, we will look at adding additional servers in the new year.

To embed a toot, simply copy the URL of the individual toot and paste it into the body of your DU post. (If you're looking at a Mastodon feed, you can go to the individual toot by clicking the text in the body of the toot.)

Then when you post, it should show up like this:

So again, if you spot any issues please let me know -- otherwise, hope you enjoy
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Ty EarlG & Elad! SheltieLover Dec 2022 #1
a quick test, comment and thank you to Elad Yonnie3 Dec 2022 #2
Cool! Thank you! 2naSalit Dec 2022 #3
K&R Thanks for posting. n/t TeamProg Dec 2022 #4
That's great. Wonder if mastodon will someday become the plaything of a twit (twoot). erronis Dec 2022 #5
Very smart, cool, thoughtful. Thank you, Elad. ancianita Dec 2022 #6
Love sniffing out these toots on DU IronLionZion Dec 2022 #7
Who has mastodon accounts there? edbermac Dec 2022 #8
I just looked to see what server many of the people I follow on Twitter are on. demmiblue Dec 2022 #12
I selected mstdn.plus which just reopened to new users. live love laugh Dec 2022 #45
Always improving, without being asked.... SergeStorms Dec 2022 #9
Testing: demmiblue Dec 2022 #10
This is great, now if my technology challenged brain could only take advantange of it ... marble falls Dec 2022 #11
This is great news 4now Dec 2022 #13
THANK YOU! Any chance of NOT boosting journa.host ? NullTuples Dec 2022 #14
Well... shit EarlG Dec 2022 #15
I understand, and that's my fear about Masto too. NullTuples Dec 2022 #18
Very interesting, thanks EarlG Dec 2022 #19
I think the question is whether a site has a good moderation policy BootinUp Dec 2022 #23
I appreciate that, but I just want to be clear about what I'm talking about EarlG Dec 2022 #28
Its not even half the story. Thumbsdown BootinUp Dec 2022 #24
OLD NEWS This is over a month old! BootinUp Dec 2022 #26
So the fascist owned site is ok though? Bad joke sorry. But the poster above BootinUp Dec 2022 #27
I guess this is what I'm talking about EarlG Dec 2022 #29
If you aren't interested in any research I might do then thats cool. BootinUp Dec 2022 #30
Embedding is going to be here for a little while EarlG Dec 2022 #32
Thank you for the clarification BootinUp Dec 2022 #34
Even if embedding does turn out to be a problem EarlG Dec 2022 #38
Thanks. One last suggestion BootinUp Dec 2022 #39
Hmm, interesting idea EarlG Dec 2022 #41
cool. Thanks EarlG BootinUp Dec 2022 #42
That could work. I know databases and sql BootinUp Dec 2022 #40
I think there already is a safe list of mastodon instances BootinUp Dec 2022 #37
Removing it is probably a good decision. Ms. Toad Dec 2022 #31
Mastodon has been a great experience. You do not know what you are missing Ms. Toad. BootinUp Dec 2022 #33
I do. Ms. Toad Dec 2022 #35
It is the "wild wild west part" that I have to argue about BootinUp Dec 2022 #36
Where is your quote coming from please? BootinUp Dec 2022 #22
So since November 20 anymore charges made against the server BootinUp Dec 2022 #25
LOVE IT! Thank you EarlG! CousinIT Dec 2022 #16
Awesome - this is a terrific enhancement to an already terrific site :) Pluvious Dec 2022 #17
I am not leaving Twitter unless YoshidaYui Dec 2022 #20
Same here. Rhiannon12866 Dec 2022 #43
Thanks! BootinUp Dec 2022 #21
I couldn't access the servers listed so I'm on mstdn.plus. live love laugh Dec 2022 #44
One interesting thing about mastodon BootinUp Dec 2022 #46
How did I miss this? blogslug Jan 2023 #47
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