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Introducing Mastodon – An Open Source, Decentralized Version Of Twitter

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If sharing your thoughts on social media platforms is an important part of your daily life, then this particular news piece might breathe in a new freshness in your social media schedule.

Social media networking apps like Twitter and Facebook have often being accused of monopolising their users posts and feeds, and if this particular thing bothers you too, then now is the time to switch to Mastodon, a free, open-source social media server.

Mastodon, just like Twitter, is a microblogging platform. But, unlike the 140 characters social networking site, it is neither centrally owned and nor is commercial. This means, the users won’t have continuously worry about what would end up happening to their posts and accounts if and when it gets acquired by some company.

The free, open-source social network server, is being pitched as a decentralized alternative to all commercial platforms, as it avoids the risks of a single company monopolizing your communication. Anyone can run Mastodon and join-in in the social network seamlessly.

However, there is one small glitch for Mastodon. Like any new social networking site, Mastodon is also currently facing a slightly tough time in getting news users to its platform. But, if you want to get the ball rolling, you can easily add your Twitter followers to your Mastodon profile by making use of this tool here. A user also has an option of running the app as a closed instance, as in keep it completely private to a specific group of coworkers or friends.

Donning a look almost similar to the popular Tweetdeck, Mastodon make use of a column-based user-interface for its user’s timelines, mentions, and compose field. The platform gives its users the option to share their thoughts via links, texts and even attach media to their posts.

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So, if you want to jazz up your daily social media schedule, then Mastodon is surely worth a try.

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