Mastodon Reviews

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

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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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Free and also free of fascists and trolls so far

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The best alternative to escape from the twitter's hate :)

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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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