Elon Musk has taken a number of ground-breaking actions since assuming ownership of the microblogging network, from sacking nearly half of Twitter’s workers to charging a monthly subscription for the coveted blue tick. Many long-time Twitter users have expressed displeasure with these changes and have begun to leave the social media site out of concern for what the new boss may do next.
Mastodon, a programme, has seen a rise in users during current Twitter upheaval. Anyone unhappy with the modifications has found solace on the open-source microblogging site that has arisen as a new competitor to Twitter.
What is Mastodon?
Mastodon is an open-source microblogging network similar to Twitter. This indicates that the application has a number of separate user-managed servers rather than operating in a centralised manner. The mobile application bills itself as the “biggest decentralised social network on the internet,” allowing for communication between various communities.
Users of Mastodon can tag one another, follow other accounts, and share material. It contains capabilities that are comparable to those of Twitter.
Why the migration?
Many Twitter users who have verified their account are unwilling to pay the $8 monthly charge to keep their blue tick. Previously, Twitter accounts of public importance that were active, illustrious, and authentic received the blue tick. Now, anyone who pays the money will have their name appear with the verified badge next to it. This led to user confusion and even an increase in fraudulent accounts on Twitter. Recently, some platform users took advantage of this feature to impersonate well-known figures by setting up accounts in their names and purchasing the blue badge.
Many believe that Twitter will change even more in the days to come now that Elon Musk is in charge. The billionaire, in his recent tweet, even said, “Please note that Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months. We will keep what works & change what doesn’t.”
Mastodon operates differently from Twitter, which controls the platform’s moderation guidelines for all users. The administrators of the servers establish the moderating technique, and each Mastodon server has its own set of rules and guidelines. Although some servers might permit something, others might not. Mastodon is now more adaptable for users who can freely choose which server to join.