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The Twitter alternative Mastodon: What to know

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As Twitter users chatter concerning the platform’s potential impending demise amid mass layoffs and resignations and reports that the app for workers had begun to slow, some users have turned to Mastodon as a possible alternative. 

Founded in 2016 by German software developer Eugen Rochko, the project’s only full-time worker, the decentralized social network is a nonprofit. 

While it shares some similarities with Twitter, there are also big differences. 

There aren’t any ads, as Mastodon is funded by donations and grants. 

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Its feed is chronological, unlike the algorithm-based feeds of Facebook, TikTok and Twitter.

It’s made up of a network of servers. While each runs independently, people on their very own server – or Mastodon “instance” – are in a position to connect with people on different servers, so long as those servers aren’t blocked.

This photograph taken on November 7, 2022, shows the logos of social networks Twitter and Mastodon reflected in smartphone screens. 
((Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images))

Some servers let anyone join, while others require an invite or approval, in line with TechCrunch.

The outlet also notes that, as a part of the “Fediverse,” Mastodon grants users access to other decentralized social networks and – because it is open source – anyone can download, modify and install Mastodon on their very own server.

Users can write posts of as much as 500 characters, in addition to share photos and videos. 

They may see a general public feed and follow accounts. Mastodon also uses hashtags.

SPAIN - In this photo illustration, Mastodon homepage is seen displayed on a mobile phone screen. It has been reported that more than 200,000 new users flocked the social media app after the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk. 

SPAIN – On this photo illustration, Mastodon homepage is seen displayed on a cell phone screen. It has been reported that greater than 200,000 latest users flocked the social media app after the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk. 
((Photo Illustration by Davide Bonaldo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images))

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Mastodon has officially retired the word “toot,” nevertheless, which was used to explain posts. Now, the “Toot” button has been replaced with one that claims “Publish.” 

There are greater than one million users, nearly half of whom Rochko said signed up after Twitter chief Elon Musk took over in October.

Comparatively, Twitter reported 238 million each day energetic users who had seen an advert as of the second quarter of this 12 months, and Facebook said it had 1.98 billion each day energetic users as of the third quarter.

A person holds a mobile phone showing the Mastodon and Twitter icon. 

An individual holds a cell phone showing the Mastodon and Twitter icon. 
(REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

Notably, it’s harder to search out people to follow on Mastadon than on the centrally administered Twitter or Facebook, and fast growth has led to some glitches.

One primary difference is verification, as there isn’t a official process for profiles. 

“Document-based verification and blue ticks aren’t possible with out a central authority. Nonetheless, Mastodon can cross-reference the links you set in your profile to prove that you simply are the true owner of those links. In case considered one of those links is your personal homepage that is thought and trusted, it will possibly serve because the “next-best-thing to identity verification,” Mastodon advises. 

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Alternatively, people can add a checkmark emoji next to their name, in line with Mashable.

Either way is inexpensive than an $8 monthly fee.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News and Fox Business Digital. 

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