Burners, furries, book lovers, bots, cuties, pizza lovers — there’s a place for everyone in the federated Mastodon universe.
And if there isn’t yet, there soon will be.
The distributed social network Mastodon burst into the popular consciousness last week, and is expanding at a rapid clip. There are over 216,000 users at the time of this writing, along with 684 instances being tracked — up from 649 just earlier in the day.
This is what a growing community looks like.
For the uninitiated: An instance is a server running Mastodon, and can be themed or not. Members of one instance can talk with members on other participating instances — the entire group of which is called the fediverse — if everyone decides to play nice. A user can, however, choose to keep what is tooted (aka posted) only within their instance. This neat privacy feature allows for narrowly focused instances to form. Read more…