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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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Recently hit its second iteration, and about to hit one million user accounts any day. The UI is like a few social decks you might already be familiar with, such as Hootsuite and Tweetdeck. The posting method (toots) are a little like Google+, in that they can be made progressively more private: 'Public' (appearing in federated timelines), 'Unlisted' (just your local instance and anyone @'d), 'Followers-only' (including those @'d), and finally 'Direct' (to anyone @'d in the toot/post).

The busyness of any instance will be limited by: the number of users it has, the number of other instances those users are connected to. It's up to each instance's admin as to the terms of use for that instance, including what users or instances may be decided to be restricted. There are currently thousands of listed instances, in a variety of niches or fairly generic. Each with their own set of emojis!

In its 2nd software iteration, I've found the UI to be quite snappy. Connecting with people in other instances can feel a bit clunky, but it's best to use the search within the instance you join. A user's privacy settings, or the limitations to other instances, can have an impact on your experience but in those examples it's by design and you're experiencing that user's wishes in action. It's an Open Source project, so give the developers room to breathe and don't expect things to be fixed immediately, but don't be afraid to request features in Github. Connect as a human, break out of any long held desire to be popular, and it won't take you long before you enjoy it as much as I do.

[Edited by sw1ayfe, November 25]

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

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Mastodon has a simple interface. It has a lot of independent communities (instances) which have different admins. You can create your own community. It has no ads. I like it.

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I love how most reviews are about the mastodon.social 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 masto.host, 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 mastodon.social 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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It's federated, open source and not commercial

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Friendly community, and because it's distributed and interconnected, there's a server to suit anyone. Mastodon is the most popular software on the Fediverse, but it interoperates with similar microblogging platforms like Pleroma and GnuSocial, so choosing any one of them connects you to all. Some concerns have been raised about Gargron's status as benevolent Dictator For Life of both the project and its biggest English-speaking instance, so do look at the alternatives too.

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Might be slightly confusing upfront, but basically it's like several different small Twitters (instances) that are all connected to each other! You can join any instance you'd like and follow anybody from any other instance, so you even though the site you joined might be mastodon.art or something you can still have people from cybre.space in your feed, for example. I've been on both .art and .social and have yet to have a single negative interaction with anyone, the only complaint I have is that more of my friends aren't on it! :]

It's very focused on being ad-free and as human-friendly as possible, and I love it. As somebody with a ton of social anxiety it's extremely rare for me to actually feel comfortable on any social media, but I actually feel like I can talk to people on here!

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Allows to run small independent communities, and connect to whoever we want, in an ActivityPub network that grows organically. Makes the Web exciting and personal again!

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Great! Actually works better than Twitter. Maybe it's because Twitter doesn't play nice with all of my add-ons, but it seems to me that with all the people they presumably have working for them that they (Twitter) could at least have a better-functioning app. Honestly, the one guy that runs Mastodon (the software and I think the main instance as well) does a better job than ~4500 Twitter employees seem to be able to do. The only problem is , , , people won't ditch Twitter for Mastodon!!! Grrr. Though I guess the distributed network model is a good idea, I wonder if the whole "instances" thing doesn't make it confusing for some people. Some instances don't even have "mastodon" in their name. Ever since Mastodon bridge disappeared, it's been hard to find Twitter followers who have already migrated there. However, I did discover this, which searches the entire Fediverse for people with similar interest. Perhaps if more businesses had accounts there . . . every one of them has FB, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, blah, blah, blah--what's one more?

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very good i love it there phone apps and desktop apps for it

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for iPhone you have: Amaroq, Tootdon and Mast (https://www.producthunt.com/posts/mast-2 )
for Android you have: Tusku and Fedilab (https://search.f-droid.org/?q=mastodon&lang=en )


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its like twitter. Gnu social does chat now how about a forum.

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Distributed nature of the application were you can host your own instance

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Better than Twitter! Decentralized! Open to anyone and not infiltrated by the alt-right. Userfriendly interface. I am hooked.

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