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Mastodon: The Grand Finale

Mastodon has a long way to go, and I'll be there to watch that grow.


The episode you've all been waiting for.

This is the third and final post in a series about Mastodon. See the first and second articles.

It's been 4 months since the last episode.

In that time, I've accumulated a staggering number of accounts on Mastodon, a decentralised, open-source social platform.

I've met funny, rude and downright fascinating people on my daily journey through my never-ending feed. It's an effervescent alternative to stress; mental health issues; addiction and other issues, which closed-source platforms such as Facebook capitalise on.

Social media is a dirty business.

But I've come to believe Mastodon is different. From clients that support your mental health, a jaw-dropping array of friendly people, and a life away from oversaturated bullshit makes Mastodon a brilliant platform if you want to get into social media.

However, in some ways, Mastodon is still rather immature. For example, take the inefficient logged-out UI, no support for Markdown, and many others features that users of Mastodon are missing out on.

That being said, it's never too late to contribute to Mastodon. If you're a developer and know Ruby, Mastodon is a very established project, and anyone is welcome to jump in at any time.

Mastodon also includes a wide range of moderation features, and an active support forum. There's even more on the official website. If you want to forge your own new social platform, Mastodon may just be the place to start.

Personally, I would heavily recommend doing so. Mastodon is increasingly becoming a viable alternative to other locked-down social media platform. That's what Eugen, the creator of Mastodon, wished for, and it may finally be coming true.

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