If you still haven’t heard about Mastodon, you might be living under a rock. Mastodon has drawn a lot of attention from various countries regarding its open-source and federated social network server, which was found on October 5, 2016, by Eugen Rochko.
Mastodon likes to call itself a federation that consists of thousands of communities, which resonates with the Twitter kind of timeline and forum-style like Reddit. Users can create a profile, post images, messages, videos, and follow other users to get updates on Mastodon.
Mastodon offers 500 characters to users to express themselves compared to its big brother – Twitter, which only allows 280 characters.
You might be thinking that is this the birth of a new social media, while Mastodon has been for a while around. Mastodon has gone through various revisions over a couple of years by learning from the audience and continuously developing new infrastructure to cater the modern needs. Mastodon 3.0 provides a social media experience that focuses on anti-abuse tools to protect users from harassment and has strict codes of conduct. A pool of moderators ensures that the platform is abuse-free.
What makes Mastodon unique from the crowd is the infrastructure compared to other social media like Twitter. The Mastodon infrastructure is massively centralized, and all interactions take place on a single server controlled by the company while Mastodon is decentralized, which leads to a broader network. It includes many instances where communities can communicate and have their own admin and policies to become federated.
Twitter is already getting crowded by the discussions of Mastodon and how it has developed its policies, product features, code of conduct, and the overall ideology of an open Social Network.
How does it work?
Mastodon is based on individual servers, also known as instances like Mastodon .xyz or Mastodon .social, which anyone can join. As opposed to Twitter, which is decentralized by the company or a private server. Mastodon gives back the user the right to create its own restrictions and present a new scope in the social media world.
Each instance is an individual server, which is run by an administrator. The admin controls who can become a member and what kind of content can be al