Elon Musk’s post-acquisition Twitter moves sparked a lot of discussion. The new self-proclaimed CEO decided not only to lay off about 50% of the company’s workforce, but also to change the various policies that have always characterized Twitter and implement changes such as a paid “blue check”.
There are those who have decided not to use Twitter anymore and as a micro-blogging platform par excellence to switch to something else. The name that is circulated the most is mastodona free project made headlines some time ago with its accusation social truth By Donald Trump he copied his mechanism for a license violation case.
How does the mastodon work?
mastodon (starts here) is an open source social network, a micro-blogging platform similar to Twitter, where people can create a profile, post messages (up to 500 characters using the standard “toot”, equivalent to a Twitter tweet), and share photos or clips. video, and follow other people’s accounts. Unlike Twitter, Mastodon is partially decentralized, in other words, there is no company running the network.
Mastodon can be used with a dedicated client or from a browser, and the dedicated app offers similar functionality to those normally available on Twitter, including the ability to reply, activate boost (retweet), mark a post as a favorite (similar to a Twitter “like”), and view Schedule and take advantage of moderation features to block and manage content on a voluntary basis by hiding unwanted items.
At first the system may supersede the cause It consists of several servers; The latter are managed by different entities but can communicate with each other without having to go through a central system. There are public servers – eg mastodon.social – and servers targeted according to common interests (eg: kpop.social or linuxrocks.online). The developers explained that Mastodon is part of “videover(the union of the words “federal” and “universe” are understood as the set of unified servers used for publishing on the web) It is an international community of more than 5 million members spread over nearly 12,000 independent servers whose goal is to “put social media back into the hands of users.” “.
Unlike traditional social media open source, does not collect subscriber data, has no ads or secret algorithms that decide what you want to see. You can sign up for the main Italian server here. On different servers (instances), users can create so-called “identities”. Identities are able to communicate across instance boundaries because the software running on the servers supports one or more communication protocols that follow the open standard.
As an identity on the other side, you can exchange private messages or other data with other identities or follow up on messages from other identities. In some cases it is also possible to show or share data (video, audio, text and other files) publicly or to a specific set of identities and allow other identities to modify our data (eg calendar or address book).
To understand how it works, it is advisable to watch two videos, the first is an animation: Mastodon and Fediverse is a 6-minute video that summarizes the basic concepts of how decentralized social media works, as well as a video presentation from “Mastodon, Free and Decentralized Social Media”.
Why give up commercial social networks like Facebook and Twitter?
Mason developers explain that social networks “have long ceased to be happy places.” Some say it’s a reflection of our society, while others think the decline has been caused by algorithmic manipulation. But both sides somehow agree on this whole thing, they are no longer a useful method.
There are many reasons why current social media is harmful, and a good starting point where all the different reasons why social media is dangerous and harmful is summarized is on the Quit social media club site that was created in a year of work, however, it is. It not only condemns the big social networks, but also indicates how to reduce the harm of social networks with alternatives and solutions. Here the developers explain why Facebook was abandoned.
The developers explain that “Mastodon” was created explicitly as a decentralized, open source alternative to Twitter. There are no commercials, and your schedule is not handled by algorithms but in chronological order. It’s not designed to grab all your attention and sell it to advertisers.”
Worldwide, the number of Mastodon users is skyrocketing, as evidenced by the #TwitterMigration hashtag that has been trending for days. Mastodon founder and lead developer Eugene Roshko reported that 18,000 people signed up for an account in the week before the Twitter acquisition. 70,000 new registrations were recorded on Friday, October 28th.