Since Elon Musk took control of the company at the end of October, the self-destruct crisis that Twitter started has caused a flight of users looking for new digital homes.
While Mastodon isn’t the only natural destination for Twitter immigrants, spectacular growth The fact that he has owned it in recent weeks makes it clear that even former Twitter employees prefer this network he took refuge. your own example.
It is also true that immigration is not without impunity, as Mastodon is not Twitter and both are by Twitter’s design. software responds to conflicting philosophies as the culture of each network.
1. What is a Mastodon?
Mastodon is an implementation of the protocol ActivityPub for the administration of a service microblogging (the category they belong to, eg Twitter and Tumblr), its open code allows it to be installed on any web server (which is a example). Mastodon is also a converged cloud server network and is a registered trademark of . mastodon gmbhis a non-profit organization led by its creator, Eugen Rochko. software and manager original server.
2. How is it different from Twitter?
While Twitter is easy, Mastodon is frictionless by design. Twitter is centrally managed, software is owned by a public company that sells advertising (and authentication) and where algorithms take ownership of the user experience.
Mastodon, on the other hand, operates in a decentralized manner. software It’s free, ad-free, and has no altering algorithms. timeline the user
3. Shall we quit Twitter?
Closing accounts is not recommended, it is preferable for our identity and brands to be busy in that network. Additionally, profiles are ideal places to share links to our new destinations.
It is recommended to download the account files to have a local backup and configure double verification to improve account protection.
4. Why is Mastodon playing now?
Without leaving the Twitter account, it seems logical to have a plan B in case the network explodes or goes bankrupt. There are many users returning to their Tumblr accounts whenever they can, and there is increasing activity on Instagram.
But from the moment Elon Musk made the initial offer until he took over the company, the conversation about Mastodon became more and more prominent on Twitter (at the same time, the conversation about Twitter in Mastodon intensified).
Going to Twitter as a reference to describe Mastodon is inevitable, but not just because of this crisis, but also for historical reasons. Mastodon was born in 2016 after a Twitter user left the network, frustrated with its inefficiencies. This is how Eugene Rochko designed Mastodon, inspired by Twitter but willing to reverse all its structural failures.
Therefore, I have confirmed that the answer to the question is Mastodon. What would Twitter look like if it had been developed by the free software community?
5. According to which criteria should the sample be selected?
Choosing a Mastodon instance (server) is, in part, like choosing an email provider: our identity depends on the brand of the chosen platform (Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail or Outlook) and regardless of the option, we will be able to communicate with users of others.
exists in Mastodon general examples (most saturated) and there is thematic examples vary by countries, regions, cities, languages, occupations, disciplines and hobbies.
Other issues to consider when selecting samples include:
eg its size (number of hosted accounts), because it can affect the server’s performance and conditions the server’s experience. timeline local, corresponding to the updates of users of that server.
acceptable usage policies and terms of service (accepted languages, disallowed themes, blocked servers, unavailable content, etc.) as determined by the administrator of the selected instance.
risk of federation for example, that it may be damaged due to contact or due to its members.
The good news is that Mastodon accounts are perfectly portable between instances, so there is always the possibility of switching to another server (the account’s community is preserved even if the content remains on the old server).
6. How can I find our contacts?
Paradoxically, the most direct method to find out if our contacts are on Mastodon is to check their Twitter profile, as there are marked identification marks that correspond to Mastodon.
One of the factors that convinced me of Mastodon’s potential networking academic and popularization of science wide variety of scientific specializations with hundreds or even thousands of representatives grouped into perfectly identifiable communities: Anthropology, Archaeology, Astrophysics, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Economics, Chemistry, Communications, Criminology, Law, Digital Humanities, History, Neuroscience, Psychology, Sociology, etc. A treasure awaits every researcher in Mastodon.
7. How is our identity verified on Mastodon?
At Mastodon, there is no centralized verification of user profiles (Twitter’s blue emblem), only to the extent that the links (up to four) the user has included in their profile and only the account holder can add. line of HTML code in the HTML file of the page the link points to (available in your profile). In this case, the relevant link will appear in green to indicate that it has been verified.
There is a very interesting service called twitterdon which allows cross-checking between a Twitter account and a Mastodon account, and creates a link that, when added to the profile, confirms this correspondence and appears in green. Twittodon also offers access to: verified matches database It can be used to find Mastodon accounts of Twitter users.
8. How is our identity publicly communicated on Mastodon?
When we forward our Twitter presence to a friend, we can say “find me on Twitter” because knowing our name can make a very simple search in the built-in Twitter search engine. Instead, saying “I’m on Mastodon” is equivalent to saying “I have email”: if you don’t specify which server you’re on, there’s no way to find you.
Mastodon does not have a centralized search (just search a case database) and there is no word search either. You can only search tags (#MastodonHelp), user profiles by username (@email@example.com), user profiles by their URL (https://mastodon.cloud/@jlori) and posts by their URL (https://mastodon.cloud/@jlori/109331733327310686).
Except for Mastodon, the correct way to pass ID on any website, blog or social media account is the account URL. On the contrary, if you communicate through User name (@firstname.lastname@example.org), the browser will interpret this string as if it were an email address.
9. What are the features of writing in Mastodon?
Twitter’s original restriction was 140 characters per tweet, later increased to 280 characters, which is the limit so far. In Mastodon, the standard limit has been increased to 500 characters, but this is a restriction that any instance administrator can change up or down.
The second defining feature of the Mastodon post is the need to make heavy use of tags (similar to the content discovery logic that works on Instagram) for posts to cross the boundaries of content. timeline reach local (something also achieved by having followers from remote instances) and Mastodon users who don’t follow us but follow that hashtag.
10. What reliable information can I consult about Mastodon?
Official source that needs to be researched in depth, Mastodon Documentation and a highly recommended guide Fed.Tips.
developer’s account software Mastodon original Eugen Rochko can be visited at: mastodon.social/@Gargron.
Finally, as I have already done ConfessedUsers who want to overcome the obstacle course that participating in Mastodon represents and learn about its techniques and culture (don’t forget to inherit it) will find themselves in an environment like no other. swingers It brings back memories of Usenet communities, the early days of the Web and of course the blogging revolution.
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