Mastodon is an open-source, federated social media platform that allows users to set up distinct instances that can (usually) communicate with each other. I’ve been interested in this idea for a long time and think it keeps what I like about platforms like Twitter while getting rid of some of the problems inherent to big, powerful platforms (I like Cory Doctorow’s write-up here).
When buzz started in April 2022 about a change of ownership at Twitter, I decided this was a chance to really try this out, and I’ve set up a few Mastodon accounts. Like the distinct sections on this website, these different accounts cover different areas of my life:
All of my posts also get redirected to my Micro.blog account (which actually also does the
RSS ➡️ Mastodon forwarding for me as well). I haven’t left Twitter yet but am still trying to figure out what to do there, so it’s a bit empty for the time being.