Interacting With REST APIs in Python With 5 Lines of Code

An essential skill for any web scraper or data scientist is to know how to collect information from a publicly available REST API. In short, a REST API is a very simple web service where simple HTTP requests (just like a web browser) are used to collect data usually in the form of a JSON … Read more

How I Use Mastodon: My Top 5 Favourite Mastodon Features

Mastodon (and the Fediverse in general) provide so many useful features which simply aren’t present on other microblogging sites like Twitter. I’ve come to realise how much I’ve missed all those years I spent trying to figure out how to use Twitter. All this time I’ve realised now that Mastodon provides everything I need. In … Read more

Alternative Federated Social Media Platforms to Try in 2023

It goes without saying that I’m a huge advocate for federated social media. I recently joined Mastodon (my profile) and I love it! As I mentioned in my previous post, the Fediverse is really starting to take off in 2023 ever since the downward turn of Twitter. People have been migrating in masses to alternative … Read more

What Is the Fediverse, and Why Does It Matter?

Users of the internet have witnessed many movements over the past few decades. We have seen the shift from Web 2.0 to 3.0 and social media’s rise and widespread use. There is, however, a new movement taking place on the internet which is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. What am I referring to exactly? I … Read more