I just started using the new social network, Mastodon. No I don’t need another social media platform, but there’s quite a buzz about it so I wanted to try it.
Mastodon Is a new social media platform, it was created by 24-year-old Eugene Rochko of Germany. He named it after the band, not the extinct species, “I brought all my friends to Twitter back in the day,” says Rochko, 24. “I kept promoting it to everybody I knew. I really loved the service. But it continuously made decisions that I didn’t like. So in the end I decided that maybe Twitter itself is not the way to go forward.” Rochko envisioned something more like email, or RSS: you send public messages to anyone who follows you on the service. Anyone can create a server and host their own instance of Mastodon, and Mastodon works in the background to connect them.
The interface is separated into columns that stream your notifications and the timeline of people you follow, just like tweetdeck. To log in, picked an instance of Mastodon off this list and set up an account. Now you can share posts or “Toots” and follow other users just like twitter, but each “toot” allows for up to 500 characters versus 140 of twitter. A retweet is a “boost,” and a like is a “favourite.” Mastodon also includes a “content warning” feature, which you can use to hide content with a click-through requirement.
Currently, Mastodon is ad-free and open-source. It also outlines a very clear set of rules for its users: “racism or advocation of racism, sexism or advocation of sexism, discrimination against gender and sexual minorities (and) xenophobic and/or violent nationalism” is strictly banned. At present there are Android app for Mastodon and one for iOS. Make sure to follow me Here
So Could Mastodon be the twitter killer? Or could it become the next Google+!? Time will tell the story