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A beginnerís guide to Mastodon, the hot new open-source Twitter clone

There are several Android clients.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software)

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Mastodon has microblogging features similar to Twitter. Each user is a member of a specific Mastodon server, known as an "instance" of the software, but can connect and communicate with users on other instances as well. Users post short messages called "toots" for others to see, subject to the adjustable privacy settings of the user and their particular instance. The Mastodon mascot is a brown or grey Proboscidean sometimes depicted using a tablet or smartphone.

The software seeks to distinguish itself from Twitter through its orientation towards independently operated small communities and hence a community-based, rather than top-down, moderation and service operation. Like Twitter, Mastodon supports direct, private messages between users, but unlike "tweets" posted on Twitter, Mastodonís "toots" can be either private to the user, private to the user's followers, public on a specific instance, or public across a network of instances.

Mastodon servers run social networking software that uses either the OStatus protocol or the newer ActivityPub standard. A Mastodon user can interact with users on any other server in the Fediverse.


https://joinmastodon.org/

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Re: mastodon.social a decentralized, open source twitter alternative
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2018, 10:55:30 AM »
A lot of Mastodon instances are founded on a shared interest or topic: (ie. writers, IT, Linux, pagan, furry, goth, etc.) but many are just general topics like Twitter is. 

Each instance has a different set of community rules.  Mastodon was created to be an improved Twitter without the Nazis and the corporate silos, they are serious about that.  It reminds me of the early days of Twitter.

The script is Open Source so anybody can run an instance.  Dedicated hosts have sprung up where you can have Mastodon pre-installed.  So it looks like the whole ecosystem is being created.  This social network might have legs.


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Re: mastodon.social a decentralized, open source twitter alternative
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2018, 11:43:43 AM »
LM, I'd like to "invite" you

User name: MACKIN

Can you run ADS on it ??

One guy followed me and you can drop affiliate links
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B071JMFKM5/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1
« Last Edit: June 30, 2018, 12:34:25 PM by Mackin USA »
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Re: mastodon.social a decentralized, open source twitter alternative
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2018, 11:18:07 PM »
Going to have to join later, going to Tahoe today.

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Re: mastodon.social a decentralized, open source twitter alternative
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2018, 02:07:11 AM »
I refuse to read any of it, but i will ask this, do we need ANOTHER form of comms? (i didn't read it so there may be some features).

Features, though, are there any features we've always thought 'oh i wish twatter had this or that' (apart from more chars, dunno why they have a limit really, not like they can't afford the data charges). Rambling now so stopping. Just here, stopping now.
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Re: mastodon.social a decentralized, open source twitter alternative
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2018, 08:43:03 AM »
The big thing here is that it is owned by no one, decentralized, and open source.  It can't really be shut down or controlled.  I figured someone like you may appreciate those attributes.  Of course, it is hard to know those things of you refuse to read about it.

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Re: mastodon.social a decentralized, open source twitter alternative
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2018, 12:04:06 PM »
Mastodon is gaining popularity in countries that are blocking Twitter and other social networks and/or where speech is controlled by the Government.

Ironically, the reverse is true.  A lot of people fleeing Twitter want some limits on speech.  Many Mastodon instances use "speech that is legal in Germany and France" as the guide in the TOS.

Littleman's right, the big thing is that nobody really controls Mastodon.  I'm a member of mastodon.social but I can follow and communicate with people on other instances and they can follow me.  But it extends further, you cna follow people on completely different but federated platforms.

There are other social networks growing:

Friendi.ca - is Open Source set up more like Facebook.  A lot of instances hosted in Germany.  Smaller adoption than Mastodon.  The script is more complex.  The instance I joined, the support was all in German.  It made it hard to ask for help in English, but somehow they fixed the problem. 

Micro.blog - this is a paid social network. No adverts. You  own your content.  Hard to describe: Superficially it resembles Twitter, but it is also 1. a bridge between blogs, 2. a photo blogging platform, 3. a micro podcast blogging platform.  It uses Indieweb markup to act as a bridge with blogs that are Indiweb compliant. 

Ads:  I'm not sure if Mastodon or Friendica scripts are set up to show ads out of the box.  It would be up to the owner of each individual installation and if they can code it.  Most seem to be asking for donations to defer costs.

There are other social network scripts out there, that are intended for smaller communities like forum replacements (ie. soccer clubs, local discussions, technical boards.)  Some of these say they are ready for ad network integration.


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Re: mastodon.social a decentralized, open source twitter alternative
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2018, 04:23:23 AM »
Started playing with Mastodon a little over a year ago. Made accounts on various servers to see how the different policies of instances would affect feeds.  The instance owner/admin can set federation and limit what can be seen, so if you have an uber-SJW admin they'll block federation of any other Mastodon instance that 'offends' them...so I find those a bit limiting.  However the opposite extreme can be found as well and those are neighborhoods best not visited while in the office. It's hard to find an instance that's 'just right', and that may be why people find it easier to just setup their own. I'm looking forward to Th3 Core instance...

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Re: mastodon.social a decentralized, open source twitter alternative
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2018, 04:10:20 PM »
During the election cycle Twitter was absolutely toxic from all the political stories, but over the past year or so Twitter's algo has gotten much better at showing interesting stuff. Provided you don't click on any of the political stuff & select great people to follow it is a great information channel which almost supplants the pain of setting up an RSS reader and switching through loads of feeds.

I try not to visit Twitter more than once or twice a week because whenever I do I end up creating a backlog of stuff I can't keep up with reading. :)

I think the web browser I use Twitter on likely has Privacy Badger or something like that on it, so I don't think that lets many ads through.

Facebook retreating from news likely retrenches the longterm viability of Twitter. Twitter's stock has done much better than Snap's over the past year.

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Re: mastodon.social a decentralized, open source twitter alternative
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2018, 05:01:05 PM »
>backlog

Is there a single news aggregator link on twitter?  RSS?  If so, I could probably rip it down to something palatable with Tampermonkey.  Then again, why do I need it, hhh. I'm already pulling in 1000's of headlines per day.

Best, quasi-moderated source is multi-reddit threads (old reddit format).  Very close behind is Inoreader, which Bill found.  I rip both.

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Re: mastodon.social a decentralized, open source twitter alternative
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2018, 03:10:41 AM »
I was very anal about putting everyone I followed on Twitter into one or more category lists, so I can scan topics via TweetDeck using these lists, which also seems not to show any ads (or maybe it's just all my privacy add-ons). I've found that usable in certain situations, but like aaron I find it leads me down a rabbit hole time suck vortex that is hard to justify sometimes.