What is Mastodon?

Mastodon, in simple terms, is a free & open-source social media platform. This means that anyone can host a Mastodon server, or "instance". Mastodon is a part of the Fediverse, a network of independently hosted servers that all communicate with each other. This means that even if your account is on one server, you can see content from other Fedi servers. Mastodon is simply a type of Fedi server.

Why Mastodon?

There's a lot of reasons, but here are some of the things I enjoy about it:

This isn't a complete list, and I'm mostly listing stuff off the top of my head, but I've found that I generally enjoy Mastodon much more than any other social media platform. It isn't for everybody, but if you're looking for a good alternative to Twitter, this is a good one!

Where do I sign up? What instance do I choose?

There isn't really a single place to sign up for Mastodon. You'll need to pick an instance to host your account with. I can share a few that I know of, as well as some additional links that are useful for finding servers, but please make sure to read the about/rules of every instance before signing up.

Instances I know

You can search for instances using the links below.