Trending Social Media Platform Mastodon Sadly Isn’t About Groups
It’s a good day when metal enters mainstream discussion, and those checking out Twitter’s trending section might have been pleased to see Mastodon discussed so heavily on Monday (April 25), but alas, the discussion was not about the group but rather the popular choice for an alternative to Twitter amid news of Elon Musk’s attempt to buy Twitter.
As talk has grown in recent days that Musk is close to closing a deal to buy the popular social media platform, those who fear his desire to bolster free speech on the platform only lead to a more combative experience began to look for alternatives. And striking while the iron is hot, Mastodon, the social media platform, has just launched its Android version of their decentralized social media platform over the past few weeks.
So what exactly is Mastodon and why are people so interested in it? Well, since it is a decentralized social network, no server or company owns it. It is described as an “open source social network similar to Twitter, users can create profiles, send messages and videos of users and of course follow other uses”. Users are allowed to send messages with a 500 character limit and it comes with a chronological feed, ad-free and using a non-algorithmic approach.
As for how it works, instead of a company running things, each person is allowed to create their own server and each server is called an “instance”. Anyone can create their own “instance” with their own set of rules that are managed by the community that sets the standards. These “instances” are often crowdfunded rather than funded, and because they are decentralized, the “instances” cannot be sold or blocked by governments. And that’s the goal of keeping Mastodon as a nonprofit platform.
And when it comes to finding your “instance,” you can join communities spread across regions, through LGBTQ+, and through specialized interests like art, music, activism, gaming, tech. , humor, food and more. The platform was initially launched in 2017 as an alternative for Twitter users who were already tired of the abuse and hate being shared on the platform.
That said, the discussion of Mastodon and the pros and cons is part of why it’s currently trending on Twitter. As you’d expect, it has both similarities and differences to Twitter, which in itself has led some to embrace and others to avoid the platform. Also, as with many newer platforms, there is a period of growth and adjustment, with some initially disabled by Mastodon perhaps being more acceptable as they have continued to evolve.
A sample of Mastodon Twitter threads offering both positive and negative responses can be viewed below. If you want to know more, go to here and watch the video at the bottom of this article. If you want to register, you can do so here.