It's kinda weird to think about a social network where businesses own their own presences, rather than relying on a capricious third party service like Twitter or Facebook. Imagine NBC or The Verge running a Mastodon instance for their reporters to toot from, or Bethesda operating an instance for PR and customer support. No more lost business when Facebook changes their algorithms again because they need more money from boosted posts.

Weird, right?

INTRO TO FEDERATION:

1. "mastodon" is a piece of software that runs on a server. There's a lot of servers that run it & u can follow ppl on other servers.

2. When u follow someone from another server, your server receives their toots.

3. The federated TL is all public toots that the server receives, ie all of the toots from everyone that ppl on your server follow.

4. ERGO: if u want to see more toots in the fed TL, follow + get other ppl on your server to follow ppl from other servers!

*Neil deGrasse Tyson voice* What you perceive as "Mastodon" is actually _hundreds of /tiny/ servers_, interconnected by a force called "Ostatus"

PSA for those who don't know: following people from other instances of mastodon will add their activity to your federation so everyone can see & share it

More handy Mastodon lingo!
- "mammothsplaining": trying to explain Mastodon to your friends
- "Paleo diet": refusing to consume content except from mastodon.social
- "twoot": boosting the same toot from two accounts
- "cavemen": the #brands that are trying to kill Mastodon off

It's actually really awesome that Mastodon attracted a shitload of users who largely aren't aware that the underlying GNUSocial platform is old.

You know why?

Because it means we can do this over and over.

Every time someone releases a new implementation with different-looking chrome on top, it can go through its own marketing and media cycle and garner new users. *And the network effect will be cumulative.*

PSA: If you are in the web view of a remote instance of some user or toot, you cannot directly reply/boost/fav.

But you can copypaste the URL into your local Mastodon server's "Search" field, then it allows you to interact!

Wasn't obvious to me, so maybe boost this if it helped you. :)

ATTENTION NEW MASTODON SERVER ADMINS:

***DO DAILY DB BACKUPS & STORE THEM OFF-INSTANCE***

DO IT

TRUST US

For everyone confused by the whole federation thing, trying to compare it to Twitter... Forget Twitter. Think e-mail. You can choose between different e-mail providers on different domains or even host your own server instance. Then you can communicate across those instances with other users on them.
No, it doesn't make sense to "claim" your nickname everywhere. Yes, you should choose the server wisely because all your data reside on that server without an easy way to migrate them...

Mastodon.top

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