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Social networking, back in your hands
You're in control. You decide who you see in your home feed. No surprises.
Build an audience. Connect with diverse folks across thousands of servers.
Creative. Express yourself with images, videos, custom emojis, & more.
Decentralized. Each server has it's own rules and moderators.
Open. No ads, no fees. Decentralized and open source.
Customizable. Supports light and dark mode.
Privacy-minded. Publish only what you choose. We don't ask for your data.
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Mastodon Features

  1.  DecentralizedMastodon is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
  2.  Ad-freeMastodon doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
  3.  Privacy focusedMastodon is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
  4.  Support for ActivityPubMastodon support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
  5.  Dark ModeMastodon supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
  6.  Two-factor AuthenticationMastodon supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
  7.  No TrackingMastodon will not track you or use your personal data.
  8.  Support for @mentionsMastodon supports the use of mentions through @ to a particular user, who will be notified personally.
  9.  Multiple Account supportMastodon support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
  10.  LightweightMastodon consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  11.  Self Destructing MessagesMastodon supports the use of private messages that will be auto deleted according to a specified time or action.
  12.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Mastodon.

Mastodon information

Supported Languages

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Basque
  • Catalan; Valencian
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Scottish Gaelic; Gaelic
  • Galician
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kurdish
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • ...

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Sarah H
Top positive comment

I like that it's a decentralized and federated social media platform that encourages communication across posting formats.

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Definitely better than the mainstream services. Decentralized and peer-hosted is a plus, but I wish there was a way to define post language filtering. While I do speak several languages, I don't speak French, and there are QUITE a few posts in French that I have to continuously scroll past to find content in a language that I do speak.

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You can set filters for languages. Different nodes do have a tendency to have a specific majority language so also worth sometimes to moving to a different node if you want to look at the local feed and it is not majority English, or Japanese, or whatever.

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From the Mastondon documentation. "You can choose to only show posts in certain detected languages while browsing the public timelines." Read more at

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Alex Ruiz
Top negative comment

I love how most reviews are about the instance and not really about the actual software! LOL

Overall, this application has the first mover advantage and is pretty robust, but there are better options. First off all, it's incredibly cumbersome, full of crazy dependencies, is a resource hog, and is a pain to update, especially compared to solutions like Pleroma, which is just as good, includes the Mastodon UI, and is a simple Elixir app that is so lightweight that it can run on a raspberry pi with no problems (and it can federate with mastodon instances anyway). Overall, unless you are planning on running this with a dedicated service provider like, it's probably going to be a pain for you as an admin to maintain a self-hosted service.

Admins can also see everything going on in their instance, including private messaging, which isn't exactly good for user privacy - something that folks come to twitter alternatives to get away from (but that issue exists with plermoa too).

Finally, not sure if this is still an issue, but last time I tried using this software, it basically has federation on by default with no way to actually create a private instance that can only be access by select few users and doesn't give them the power to pull in other instances into the feed without outright banning any and all instances being pulled in. This problem has already been solved by the Hometown fork of Mastodon, so I recommend that if you need to use mastodon privately.

As for the mastodon instances themselves, what else can I say that has not already been said? The more incendiary comments on this board speak for themselves. Most mastodon instances, including the one are incredibly toxic hugboxes full of objectionable content and terrible behavior that would get booted from mainstream social media with very good reason. Moderation isn't much better, every instance has their own king of the hill and they generally tend to encourage bad behavior by people they like and ban people/instances that don't conform to their ideals, basically the social media equivalent of high school cliques and drama, which isn't surprising. The only good instances are those dedicated to tech and if you aren't interested in tech, they will be of limited interest to you. The primary developer also encourages a lot of problematic behavior, including brigading, mass flagging, and harassing instance-owners and app developers who don't blacklist instances he doesn't like. You should avoid entirely and set up a private instance for friends and family if you are looking for a way to keep in touch and avoid the toxic elements of social media. Or just pick up the phone and call someone! :D

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Thank you man! I think you sum everything up... I notice too cumbersome and resource hog, I don't know why people recommend mastodon for privacy, I had some issue with a admin reading my messages. Yes is true the main developer and other developers are toxic, and they're encouraging problematic behavior. The community super toxic too.

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Poyque estamos

well i mean they did name it mastodon so it would have been a contradiction if it would have been lightweight like a little rat

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Even thought the idea is good, most instances are maintained by political and religious groups with similar ideology. Discover, local and recommended will then lead you to their Spokesman and content. Boosts by Fake Users, Followers, Likes and Bots obviously exist as well. Therefore, it should be questioned as truly independent.

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I love the concept, but I wish it was simpler, its hard to grow when people are so confused, BlueSky looks to be more the future

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Better than Twitter

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Great alternative to Twitter

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