Elon Musk, who heads companies such as Tesla, SpaceX and Neuralink, bought the social media company Twitter on October 27 in a $ 44 billion deal. Since then, countless things have been written and drawn on the internet. Musk had asked for a monthly fee to be charged from accounts verified with a “blue check” when making quick decisions after owning the company.

After the boss of the platform changed hands, millions of people left Twitter because some users are not at all happy with Elon Musk’s decisions. For others, even Musk’s sitting on the couch is reason enough. As such, social media users began to turn to alternative platforms. Among them is a name that is often heard: Mastodon, which has 4.5 million members.

Elon Musk recently made some derogatory posts about Mastodon. He then removed his tweets. Here’s what you need to know about Mastodon.

What is Mastodon?

Launched in 2016 by software developer Eugen Rochko, Mastodon is described as “a free, open-source, decentralized social media platform that aims to be an alternative to Twitter.” The platform takes its name from an extinct relative of mammoths and elephants. Mastodon was developed by Mastodon gGmbH, a German non-profit company led by Mr. Rochko.

While those who are looking for an alternative to Twitter rush to Mastodon, the number of members of the platform is increasing rapidly. As of November 9, the number of monthly active users has increased to 3.6 million. This value is likely to multiply in the next few months.

Being open source means that Mastodon’s original source code is publicly available, and can be redistributed and modified. People familiar with the software world can contribute to Mastodon by discovering bugs, adding new features, and translating the interface into different languages.

We can use Mastodon through the web browser, as well as through apps on iPhones and Android devices. At least 20 third-party applications have also been developed to access the service.

How Is Mastodon Different From Twitter?

Twitter is a stand-alone social networking platform, and people just sign up for Twitter and share their content. Mastodon is known as the unified platform (also known as the federated platform). In other words; a collection of social networks or servers that are connected but belong to different people or groups.

A mastodon is a group of federated platforms that share communication protocols or are part of the Fediverse or federated universe. Unlike Twitter, posts are presented in chronological order, not based on an algorithm. There are also no ads; Mastodon is largely crowdfunded. Most servers are funded by user persons. The servers Mastodon oversees (Mastodon Social and Mastodon Online) survive through Patreon, the membership and subscription service platform often used by content developers.

While Mastodon visually resembles Twitter, the user experience is more like Discord, a conversation and messaging app where people also join servers with their own cultures and rules. Unlike Twitter and Discord, nothing is imposed on users or the people who set up the servers on these platforms. This includes content moderation or setting rules about which posts to resume and which to remove.

How to Become a Member of Mastodon?

To join Mastodon, we open an account on the server. This website will host your account, profile, and shares. Some websites allow instant registration, while others require a confirmation or invitation. There are currently 4600 different servers available.

We can liken these servers to Facebook groups. However, when choosing servers we can choose different regions of the world. However, we see that titles such as technology, acting, art, and music are available.

Just like an email account, your username contains the server name. For example, in Mastodon Social, a username might look like mega8yte@mastodon.social. Whichever server you sign up for, you can interact with people who use other Mastodon servers or switch to another server. Once you’ve created an account, you can send ‘toots’, which is a tweet version of Mastodon. You can also share these toots, similar to a retweet.

If you want to set up your server, the process is a bit more complicated. You need to set up the server yourself, which requires a website, a virtual computer system connected to the internet, and an email provider. In addition, the system in which the website is located needs to have some security protocols and programming languages. You can then download Mastodon’s source code.

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