In defense of Mastodon threads (and Twitter threads too):
Threading an essay requires the author to compose it in stanzas, each of which is a standalone, complete thought – and that means that readers can engage with each though separately, by replying to just that stanza.
For me, that stanza-by-stanza discussion – a kind of pro-fisking structural affordance – is the most interesting and powerful innovation of the social media thread. I
— Cory Doctorow, How To Make the Least-Worst Mastodon Threads.
Great insight—but too much work for me, as a general thing.