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Mastodon will soon lash out Twitter?!

Begun by 24-year-old Eugen Rochko, Mastodon lets users create accounts, subscribe others, and update statuses, "toots status", a lot like tweeting using Twitter but not completely like Twitter.

What is Mastodon?

Mastodon is a sort of free, open-source, user-friendly software known as "GNU social", where anybody can run their own instance. Plus, it is not any other Twitter client instead of a non-commercial version of Twitter with better privacy controls and a more intuitive interface. It is a decentralized alternative to commercial platforms, it removes the likelihood of a single organization controlling your communication. You can pick your own entrusted server and interact with everyone else.

That clearly means Jack Dorsey is not the owner and Rochko do not monetize user data. Truth be told, even money doesn't seem to be the reason at all. Rochko, who lives in Germany, has so far managed to fund the project with just a Patreon account with a target goal of only $800 a month. Rochko writes  on the Mastodon Github page,

"I am not interested in VC funding, monetizing, advertising, or anything of that sort."

It's time to bid goodbye to Twitter - Mastodon is the new choice of cool kids.

How it works?

Mastodon lets its users send toots with 500 characters rather than Twitter's 140. Plus users can also mark Individual toots as private, that means there is no need to choose between a public or a private account like on Twitter. Furthermore, users can also tag their posts with a "content warning" that will automatically hide the sensitive part of the message until another user chooses to view it.
Furthermore, it's as though there were a group of discrete Twitters with users ready to tweet in the same shared timeline. Now, that communal pool is known as the "federated timeline." Think of it as a solitary Twitter channel containing everybody's tweets (toots), regardless of the possibility that users are in various instances.

Each instance has a local timeline, that can only be viewed by users on that instance. For more privacy, users can select their primary instance. There are plenty of varying instances, but not all of them can communicate with each other. For example, can only link up with the "flagship"

Why Different Instances/Servers?

It makes it pretty easy to run a non-commercial organization if the rates are distributed among a group of volunteers. Plus, if anyone will get bored and stop managing his/her instance, it will not let the entire ecosystem to come to an end.

All these aspects increase the chance of Mastodon to prevail for awhile, unlike others. Now we have to wait and see if or if not, it will ever actually challenge the dominance of Twitter in the micro-sharing game. Or maybe it will never bother to compete.


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