Welcome to Mastodon

Is Mastodon more than just a substitute for Twitter? Paul Hearns takes a look

Many Twitter users have been trying out other social media communities since Elon Musk took over the platformPicture: Getty

Since rumours began about Musk’s take-over, and since its subsequent completion, people have been talking about alternatives to Twitter. Perhaps the most talked about alternative is a platform called Mastodon.

Mastodon was developed by Eugen Rotchko, around a protocol called ActivityPub.

However, Mastodon’s adherents and providers are quick to point out that it is not Twitter 2.0 — it is a very different animal.

Mastodon is an open-source social network platform made up of self-hosted ...