Nov 6, 2022

Twitter users jump to Mastodon - but what is it?

On the surface Mastodon looks like Twitter - account users write posts, which can be replied to, liked and re-posted, and they can follow each other. If you are on the same server, you can search just using the person's name, but if they are on a different server you will need their full address. All of these different servers link together, and form a collective network, but they are owned by different people and organisations. Mastodon is asking server owners to give their users three months notice if they decide to close it. Some servers are choosing not to link to others that are full of bots or seem to have a high quantity of hateful content - this means they will not be visible to those on the servers where they are blocked.

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