Twitter’s alternative mastodon causes mass confusion as users leave Twitter
Social media network Mastodon, yes, inspired by the heavy metal band, is seeing a huge influx of new users. Elon Musk purchase Of Twitter, however, the app seems to be causing more confusion than anything else.
Mastodon has been around since 2016 and recently celebrated thousands of new users along with the CEO. Eugene Rochko Telling CNN that the app has gained more than 230,000 new users since Musk officially took over Twitter on Oct. 27.
“Obviously, it’s not as big as Twitter, but it’s the biggest this network has ever been,” Rochko said. The app has over 650,000 monthly users. Twitter has more than 200 million.
Mastodon presented itself as a Twitter alternative through its Twitter account, promising free verification badges and promotional features such as an edit button.
CNN noted that many public figures have joined the platform, including Kathy Griffinwho joined back in November.
The service looks similar to Twitter, with a schedule of short updates that are arranged chronologically rather than algorithmically. It allows users to connect to a number of different servers run by different groups and individuals, rather than one central platform controlled by a single company like Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
When users sign up for Mastodon, it’s not as simple as creating a username and password, as they’re asked to choose a “server” based on their “interests, region, or general purpose.” Servers include topics such as “art” and “journalism”.
There may seem to be a desire for a Twitter alternative at the moment, but users mostly complain about how confusing Mastodon is compared to the fairly straightforward Twitter.
“I appreciate that alternatives like Mastodon exist, but I shouldn’t have to take a master class on servers to connect to a social media network,” Scriptwriter. Jessica Ellis Tweeted, though he later revealed he had created an account.
Others began posting memes and debunking the technological stress people must face if they’re truly motivated to ditch Musk’s Twitter.
“Mastodon is the latest in a long line of doomed software projects run by idealists who don’t understand that normal people value things that are simple and easy to use; Twitter is already too close to the Mastodon model to be true. mass adoption,” podcast Matthew Iglesias on Twitter.
“That’s my biggest connection with Mastodon. I don’t want to get locked into the server. I’m just not gay. I am not just a journalist. I’m not just a person who enjoys music,” reporter Ashton Pittman wrote:
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