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If You’re Tired Of Twitter Then You Should Try Using Mastodon

If You’re Tired Of Twitter Then You Should Try Using Mastodon

For those tired of what Twitter has become, then we suggest trying out Mastodon, one of the best Twitter alternatives on the market

It’s no surprise that Twitter has seen a steady decline since its conception back in 2006. Even though many publications still use the app to help spread the news to millions of people, if it weren’t for accounts ran by Chrissy Teigen and Donald Trump, the app may as well have shut down a long time ago. If you do still happen to check out who’s tweeting from time to time, then you probably won’t be surprised to find a plethora of fake news, hateful subtweets, and other nonsensical internet waste. Even if Twitter is doing everything it can to clean up the app, such as killing millions of fake accounts, it just doesn’t seem like it’s the same place it was back in the day.

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For those of you looking for a new Twitter, then you might want to check out Mastodon. It happens to be one of the most popular Twitter alternatives and has gathered a bit of press from those who have already made the switch. For those unfamiliar with the social networking platform, it’s an open-source, community-run microblogging website where you can post “toots” and boost other’s posts, similar to a retweet on Twitter. Instead of having everything float around in a single universe, Mastodon has several “instances”, each with its own rules and administrators. The main instance currently has around 41,700 users and is growing every day. Users are even able to start their own Instance since it’s all open source.

Instead of 140 characters, you're given 500 per post and posts have different privacy settings, including Public, Unlisted, Private, and Direct. Public messages can be seen by anyone, whereas private posts will only be seen by your followers, and direct will only be sent to the people mentioned in the toot. Another great feature is the "content warning" feature, which allows you to flag spoilers, stuff that's NSFW, or anything else requiring a click-through. While some people may believe that the network is already doomed for extinction, it definitely has potential to continue to grow as a new-age micro-blogging community.

 Photo courtesy of Mastodon

Photo courtesy of Mastodon

Although Mastodon’s main service isn’t currently accepting new users, you can still sign up here through an alternative server. The platform is moderated with stricter rules than Twitter so you won’t be seeing any Holocaust denial and people posting Nazi imagery on the site. What you might find are groups of generally nice people, who are into anything from cute cat pictures to Star Trek, along with a variety of artists posting their work. One of the only downsides to using Mastodon is that you might have a hard time finding your friends at the moment. Hopefully, as the communities continue to be shared and used, the user count will continue to grow along with the platform.

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