๐Ÿ“‘ What is Mastodon and why should I use it?

Bookmarked What is Mastodon and why should I use it? (Laura Kalbag)

Now you know why Iโ€™m moving away from Twitter, you probably have a vague idea of what Iโ€™m looking for in a social network. Mastodon is unique for a few reasons: it is federated, ethical, and inclusive.

Laura Kalbag discusses Mastodon, what is a federated network and how to setup your own instance of one.

But posting status updates to a blog misses the social element of social networks. We donโ€™t just use social networks to shout into the void, we use them to share experiences with each other …

I have my own Mastodon instance, mastodon.laurakalbag.com where itโ€™s just me (and Oskar). This is referred to as an โ€œinstance-of-one.โ€ Itโ€™s hosted on my own domain, so I own and control everything I post on there, but because I have the Mastodon installed on there, I can see what other people post on their Mastodon instances, and reply to them with mentions, or favourite and boost (like retweet) their toots, even though they are on different instances. Itโ€™s like having my own Twitter which can talk to other Twitters, where I make the rules.

This touches on my discussion of a ‘social media of one‘.

via Kevin Hodgson

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