@EU_Commission You joined the Fediverse a month ago, which is great! You keep us informed about your activities – nice! Fedizens reply to your posts, want to interact with you – isn't that wonderful? But…
I searched your whole feed: not a single time did you answer questions directed at you (or did I miss something?). It seems like the Fediverse is a blackboard to you. But we are colorful! The Fedi lives from interactions. So will you start participating, not just cross-posting? We wait for you
@dukethereal @yesfreenet All of them seem to be just Twitter crossposters. If you find any reference of other accounts being mentioned, they're all from birdsite. So I wonder if there's *any* "real account" on the instance which is not just a cross-poster. Be welcome to explore their instance and find it if it's there: https://social.network.europa.eu/explore
I didn't spot any. They RECEIVE replies, but I couldn't find any reply being GIVEN 😢
Honestly, I find that a bit disappointing. And a waste of resources. If they just wanted to cross-post, why setting up an own instance? Maybe they didn't yet understand what the Fedi is about? Who will find their EAR and tell them?
But you are right that this official presence could be so much more. It is therefore vital that the current pilot succeeds, and we show the value of active fedi participation.
To help with this at #SocialHub we are looking for volunteers to organize a training. See the details at:
@humanetech Yes, that's what I mean! It's great they set up their own instance. But it's time to go the next step. Sure a single person or two cannot answer all the replies they might get. But sort through them and at least answer some of them, questions raised repeatedly etc, would bring them so much better in touch with us "simple citizens" and benefit both. "Broadcast" is better suited to newspapers, TV and RSS 😉 @dukethereal @yesfreenet @EDPS @EC_OSPO @EC_NGI
To be fair, there are interactive EU accounts, @EC_OSPO does reply to toots.
The EU has factions who are really keen on the Fedi as the way forward (that's why they set up EU servers!), but other factions who think they should only use Twitter/Facebook etc.
We ought to support the pro-Fedi factions by engaging with the server's accounts constructively (including constructive criticism), and show the EU why Fedi is better than Twitter/Facebook.
Here are the EU accounts I can see replies on:
There may also be some on some of the other PeerTube accounts but it's more difficult to check for replies there.
It's a pilot scheme so I'm guessing they would put more resources into manning the other accounts if they decide to make them permanent.
Also, the accounts that aren't interacting would be good to follow too, simply to show there is demand for seeing announcements without having to sign up to Twitter or Facebook.
(By the way, I doubt actual Commission is allowed to give policy replies over any social media, their decisions are taken at an international level. If their social media team said something wrong, it could have severe implications.)
It's also why some fedizens are looking for some volunteers to look at some training to help train the EU pilot accounts to engage with us here. https://socialhub.activitypub.rocks/t/looking-for-volunteers-organize-a-fediverse-training-for-eu-representatives/2437
@Gargron @IzzyOnDroid @dukethereal @yesfreenet @EC_OSPO
@IzzyOnDroid According to the disclaimer in the profile It's a Twitter crosspost bot... so nobody reads Fediverse comments.
@rsolva I took a look into nitter a few days ago and there seem to be people on the keyboard: they do retweet others but only EU politicians. Could not see a single interaction with any 'normal' citizens.
Disappointed me because that makes their channels just press releases (while bypassing the press). Complete fail on the opportunities that social networks provide.
When we were working to make this happen, the best we could get outa them was they would mirror their Twitter feed to the fedivers. so need more "constructive outreach for them to ) read feedback and 2) reply to feedback they are curious but VERY blocking and afraid of the #openweb
@bob OK, then maybe here we can start to turn that upside down? I thought we're living in a democracy – and as I understand such, "up" is made up of representatives from "down". So wouldn't it be a good idea if "up" stays in contact with "down"? We see other authorities (at least here in Germany) who manage that quite well 😉
@Hamishcampbell It's a good start, but now they're sitting on the cross-road – which is kinda dangerous. You know how such cross-posters are frowned upon on the Fedi. They must take the next step.
I guess nobody minds if their *announcements* are cross-posted as long as "the human of the account" can be seen by interactions.
My intention is not to blame @EU_Commission – but to motivate them for real participation
you can find working space for this here https://socialhub.activitypub.rocks/t/looking-for-volunteers-organize-a-fediverse-training-for-eu-representatives/2437
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