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Mastodon, that giant cartoon mammal that’s been rampaging across the internet this week, is not the product of a Silicon Valley start-up.

Instead, the social networking app that’s been touted as a potential Twitter-killer is the brainchild of a 24-year-old recent college grad hellbent on disrupting the way we think about social networking.

As the wildly popular service’s German-born founder Eugen Rochko said Thursday via the gamer chat service Discord, it aims to operate on a “different paradigm” to established sites.

Mastodon, named for the extinct animal and not the metal band despite Rochko being a fan of the band and progressive metal, was announced on Hacker News in October. “I decided to give this a go,” Rochko said during the late-night call.  Read more…

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