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What is mastodon? Everything you need to know to switch from Twitter

Elon Musk has decreed that every Twitter user must pay him $8 a month or else he’ll pay They set their tweets on fire and threw them in the trash. He added that comedyIt’s now legal on Twitter‘, but actual comedians who impersonate him in a satirical manner will be banned.

After noticing the trend of travel, many Twitter users aren’t keen on staying in a bus driven by a cocky person towards the cliff. Hence the mass migration to the mastodons. The service is named after an extinct beast and looks a lot like Twitter, but in the same way, Linux looks a lot like Windows. Take this as a warning and a compliment.

What is a mastodon anyway?

Until recently, the official Mastodon website used to say that “getting started was easy”. In a very long page you talk about servers, feeds, regions and topics. If you’re used to one-button subscriptions, it’s enough to get you running for the hills.

But bypassing this hurdle it turns out that Mastodon he is easy. Well, easythe nest. And you need to understand why the obstacle exists. In short, mastodon is decentralization. It’s like a small group of Twitters, on their own servers, with a lot of interoperability between them. This is good for Mastodon’s assertion that “social networks are not for sale”, given that you can’t sell something so decentralized. And it is, too, given what is happening in the place of birds.

So how do I join Mastodon server?

On the official website, explore the list of servers, check their policies and rules, and choose the one you like. You can always ask friends who have opted out of Twitter if they are happy with their choices. Alternatively, the app can help you narrow things down.

Next, sign up with a username and password, and then sign in. Just remember that you will later need to log into your chosen server – try logging into another Mastodon instance and you will get an error message.

Many people argue that it doesn’t matter which server you choose, but that’s only true insofar as you can follow people on other servers. If you are warned that your server is shutting down, it is possible to move to another server. But doing this is great and you only keep your social graph, not your post history. Even worse, if you don’t move in time (or don’t have a chance, due to the server suddenly disappearing), you lose everything.

So I err on the side of caution using larger servers and donate to keep them alive. And if you care about your posts, back them up regularly from your Mastodon preferences.

How do I introduce myself to Mastodon?

mastodon bio page
Tell people who you are. Use a photo that’s years old to hide the fact that you’re all gray and wrinkled! Erm.

Once logged in, this is the hard part. So head to Preferences > Profile and complete your display name and bio. To help people find you more easily from Twitter, mirror your profile from there, as much as possible, including photos. If appropriate, add the metadata address/URL associations, which appear on your profile page as a table. This avoids cluttering your resume with links.

Next, craft the first post that tells us a little bit about you and includes the hashtag #introduction. This is browsed by many Mastodon users and helps them find and follow interesting people and build their own personal Mastodon communities. So also regularly dive into the #introduction yourself.

But how do I find all my Twitter friends?

There is no magic wand for getting your Twitter followers to Mastodon. Services like Twitodon, Debirdify, and Fedifinder can help, but they depend on publicly available data. Practically speaking, you will likely end up with a list with a small portion of your followers, even more of them with Mastodon accounts. If you get the CSV output of your followers from a service, at least this can be quickly imported into Mastodon. (Use Preferences > Import & Export – then to merge New items with existing followers.)

Elsewhere, you can search Twitter for “Mastodon” and filter replies to “People You Follow”, to find Mastodon handles, along with keeping an eye out for them in their Twitter bots. You can then search for these people individually on Mastodon itself (using #Explore) and follow them. In addition, Explore > For you on Mastodon can help you find more people you want to follow, such as #followfriday and hand-picked Fedi directory.

If you want to let others know about your Mastodon account, there are two ways. Share your handle online – @[username]@[server] (for example @[email protected]) – that people can use to search for you. But you can also provide a link to give people more direct access; This form takes https://server/@username (eg

Any other important things?

mastodon advanced
Mastodic. or something. Lots of options though. Cute – good.


  • Posts They can contain up to 500 characters, along with videos, polls, and photos. You can apply a content wrapper to scan a sensitive post until it is clicked/clicked on.
  • Posts can be editedbut should keep in mind reviews remain available.
  • reinforcements (Like retweets) push posts to friends’ feeds, but favorites (likes) don’t.
  • hashtag It’s a vital way to aggregate and discover content – much more than what’s on Twitter. But #do #not #hashtag #every #word #or #people #will #hate #you.
  • Direct message It is on Mastodon, but there is no blanket coding. It is likely visible to administrators, so don’t use it to get sensitive information.
  • Usernames It exists for every server, so don’t be surprised if someone else also uses your “your” username. Beware the brands.
  • You have three default feeds: home is your following. Local is everyone on your server, regardless of whether you follow them or not. The federated is everyone across all the servers known to your servers – they are not filtered by the administrator.
  • You can block Individuals – or even entire servers. And you can create lists, like Twitter, if your main feed gets out of hand.
  • Mastodon’s Preferences Fragments have many options, including auto-delete post. Spend some time exploring it.
  • advanced view In desktop browsers it gives you a multi-column view similar to Tweetdeck. In fact, do all the heavy tasks in the browser.
  • Mastodon mobile apps They are often limited features, but ideal for your phone. In addition to the free official Mastodon app for Android and iOS, there are third-party options, such as Tusky for Android and Metatext for iPhone and iPad.

Got all this? Fab.

So are the mastodons worth all the trouble?

this depends on you. If you love Twitter but hate what happens to its current incarnation, Mastodon is the most Twitter-like alternative. Setup is tricky and the service sometimes feels cramped, but it has great features that Twitter users have been shouting about, no ads, and a friendly atmosphere.

Also, there is no insanely rich owner, who spent 44 years Billion Dollars on service so far You can’t decide Whether it’s the “worst” or “the best”. This should be an added advantage.