Mastodon is a decentralized and free alternative to Twitter, which is already owned by Elon Musk. And in 24 hours it has gained 30,000 new users.
And it seems that, as with WhatsApp, people begin to migrate to other applications / platforms that offer the same service, in this case microblogging. And it is that in the 24 hours after the announcement that Elon Musk bought Twitter, Mastodon gained 30,000 new users.
Mastodon, the decentralized and ‘free’ Twitter
According to its creator, Eugen Rochko, this has been due to the fact that in Mastodon “we present a vision of social media that cannot be bought or owned by any billionaire, and we strive to create a more resilient global platform without profit incentives. We believe that your ability to communicate online should not be in the hands of a single commercial company.”
Mastodon is used to publish messages of 500 characters with images, surveys, videos, etc., to an audience of followers and, in turn, to follow interesting people and receive their posts in a chronological home feed. Unlike Twitter, there is no central Mastodon website: the user signs up with a provider that hosts their account, similar to how they sign up for Outlook or Gmail, and can then follow and interact with people using different providers. .
Therefore, anyone can become such a provider, since Mastodon is free and open source. It has no ads, respects privacy and allows people/communities to self-manage.
According to its creator, “One of the reasons I started investigating the decentralized social media space back in 2016, and ultimately led me to create Mastodon, was the rumors that Twitter, the platform I had been a daily user of for years at the time, moment, could be sold to another controversial billionaire. Between, of course, other reasons like all the terrible product decisions Twitter had been making at the time. And now, at last, it has happened, and for the same reasons masses of people are coming to Mastodon.”
Where to create an account on Mastodon
Mastodon has two public servers: mastodon.social y mastodon.online. While there are more than 2,400 Mastodon servers operated by independent individuals and organizations, “we provide these two servers as an alternative option for those who don’t know which other server to sign up for.” You can register in one of those two by web or through the mobile apps to start your Mastodon journey, and then choose the community you want.