Remember that post about why you should throw your ideas into the universe? If not, then this platform is a prime example of what we were talking about and we’re hopeful that many changes continue to arise from this type of mentality.
As I type this, an everyday Joe in social media is immersed in Facebook and/or Twitter. Two political giants ready to squash anyone in their vicinity, yet here comes Mastodon. Comparable more to the latter, Mastodon feels like that little blue tweety bird suddenly pulled a Power Rangers and morphed in a mammoth.
It’s a free, open source social network that’s decentralized. It’s like choosing a channel on the TV and if you don’t like what’s on (in this case it’s called an “instance”) then you can just change it and find a channel you do like. This means that no single company can monopolize and take advantage of your right to communicate with others. It’s for the people, and by the people. As a matter of fact, you can even start your own channel/domain, or “instance”, and help others participate with social networking.
What’s the catch? Well, it’s too early to tell, but there’s a few cool things to know about it.
- Public timelines
- Timelines are chronological
- 500 characters per post
- GIFV sets and short videos
- Granular, per-post privacy settings
- Rich block and muting tools
- Ethical design: no ads, no tracking
- Open API for apps and services
What stands out to me?
The no ads and no tracking. Going back to basics is essential in the algorithm world we live in. With no targeting ads being directed at you and a lack of ‘tracking’, make it perfect for a normal human being that deserves some privacy. It’s bad enough that our internet service providers will now be able to sell our information; might as well hide ourselves with a VPN all while surfing thru Mastodon in a somewhat incognito fashion. At least, that’s the feeling we can have as we await more saviors that can use this open source code and slay down Twitter’s bots and racist nazi’s. I’m still awaiting Facebook and Google getting rid of fake news, but in the meantime; we have communities in Mastodon that can look out for our interests, which reminds me of a few more rules that any ‘Masodonian’ needs to abide by:
- Don’t be a jerk, please
- NSFW is allowed only in Content Warning
- Racism, xenophobia, homophobia are strictly prohibited
- Don’t be a troll, don’t be a bully
- You can report every post you judge offensive
Hopefully you like the platform as much as we do. Here’s a link to find out more
Featured Image: Velizar Simeonovski © The Field Museum
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