Hardware news The replacement for Twitter is here, here’s how to use it!
Published on 11/11/2022 at 17:20
Since the arrival of Elon Musk at the head of Twitter, another social network, forgotten since 2016, has recorded a colossal influx of users wanting to leave the blue bird. Will this competitor gradually replace Twitter? The question still remains.
Is Elon Musk causing the end of Twitter?
The landing of Elon Musk at the head of Twitter has had the consequence of resuscitating a social network … but not the one that the businessman would like – not at the moment anyway. If there was a clear winner with the arrival of the billionaire in the offices of Twitter, it is undoubtedly Mastodon, the open-source, decentralized microblogging platform that many have considered an alternative to Twitter. Although its numbers are still far from those of the bluebird, the increase in the number of users of the mammoth is clearly not to be taken lightly.
A week ago, Eugen Rochko, the developer and promoter of the microblogging service, assured that the various Mastodon servers have registered 199,430 new users since October 27. A date which oddly coincides with that of the takeover of Twitter. “This brings the total for the last day to 608,837 active users, which is, without precedent, the highest number that Mastodon and the fediverse have reached”, even declares the German developer, who also mentioned the creation of 437 new servers.
This user migration is also explained by the series of decisions taken by Elon Musk, which are far from unanimous. Concerned about possible changes in moderation regulations, outraged by the sudden dismissal of thousands of employees, or refusing the idea of a paid subscription to the network, thousands of Internet users are looking for a new nest – or rather a new cave. And some therefore seem to have found it with Mastodon. According to the calculations of our colleagues from Techcrunchfrom last Friday to Sunday, the mobile application recorded approximately 91,000 new installations, a 658% increase compared to the 12,000 installations recorded the previous three days.
For those who didn’t understand, Mastodon is therefore a free and decentralized social network that has been gaining popularity since the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk. But the Mammoth doesn’t work like all the other RSs. You may not know it, but the main social networks we are used to are centralized. This means that all data is stored on a single server owned by a single company, and the entire social network forms a single whole.
Most with Mastodon, things are different, since the latter is divided into several servers to build a whole. When you register on this social network, you have to choose a server – a bit like on an MMO – to be able to create your account. For example, if I want to register as NilloF, and I do so from the mas.to server, then my login address will be mas.to/@NilloF. However, if I register on another server, the address to access the content will be different.
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However, registration on a dedicated server does not completely limit access to the content of other servers. On Mastodon, users have access to two types of newsfeeds: one is linked to our server and the other is linked to all servers connected to theirs.. To make it clearer, you have to say that the mammoth is a constellation made up of different planets.
In pure use, Mastodon is quite similar to Twitter, except that “toots” replace “tweets”. As on the blue bird, it is possible to post messages of 500 characters (and to edit them), to send private messages to users, but also to do a search or to follow current trends. Small difference between the two, the mammoth does not allow the possibility of liking a post, but rather of marking it as a favorite.
At the moment, therefore, it is difficult to say whether Mammoth will one day completely replace Twitter or not.. However, if Elon Musk continues his drastic “reform” of the social network, it’s a safe bet that the blue bird will continue to lose many users. To be continued…