Mastodon is one of a newer crop of decentralized social networks that are trying to put the users first instead of building everything around ads, tracking, and attention-grabbing feedback loops.
It’s open source software run on a bunch of smaller networks, mostly volunteer-run, each with its own policies and moderators, that can talk to each other behind the scenes, allowing you to follow and interact with people across networks. Each instance has a slightly different community and flavor, and each is part of the broader community.
I’ve been on for a few months now. It takes a while to settle in, and it feels kind of like the early, optimistic days of Twitter, plus there’s an effort to learn from the past and make it better this time. You can find me at @email@example.com (general discussion) and @firstname.lastname@example.org (photography).
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