About six months ago, the social network Mastodon was launched by German programmer Eugen Rochko. Following Twitter’s updates, the world leader in Microblogging, launched last week, many users complained about their redesign, calling it confusing. This in response has achieved, in the last two days, Mastodon’s 73 percent growth, reaching 41,703 users, according to the public accountant on their own page.
According to their official site, Mastodon is a free and open social network, a descentralized alternative to the commercial platforms.
As expected, it has many similarities with Twitter (and some differences), for example, it allows you to use more characters per message (500 for now) that leads to more nuanced conversations and less ‘tweetstorming‘, promises less room for abuse and discrimination, less publicity, and better privacy tools, but one of the main differences with Jack Dorsey’s network is that users are distributed in different, independent communities, yet remain united in their ability to interact with each other and make connections, Other difference is that it is free and open source software, which, according to its founder, translates to “freedom of the user” and not the application .
In just 48 hours, users have written more than 1 million entries, these users have created more than 1 million posts even though server loads have made basic functions unavailable for hours. Since last Tuesday, new registrations have remained closed “until the quality of service can be assured for existing users.”
These are its main features, according its creators:
- Chronological and public timeline.
- 500 characters per publication
- Ability to send animated GIFs and short videos
- Privacy Options
- Lock and mute tools
- Ethical design: no ads or tracking
- Open for applications and services
- Offer to choose a public server (among several).