Mastodon does not want to fall into Twitter’s mistakes

Mastodon – After Elon Musk’s arrival on Twitter, millions of users migrated to Mastodon, a decentralized alternative similar to the original proposal of the blue bird social network. Now those responsible refuse to make the same mistakes as their rival.

Twitter rival Mastodon has turned down more than five investment offers from Silicon Valley venture capital firms in recent months as its founder vowed to protect the nonprofit status of the purple mastodon social network .

Mastodon , an open source microblogging site founded in 2016 by German software developer Eugen Rochko, has seen a surge in users since Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion in October .

Rochko told the Financial Times that he had received offers from more than five US-based investors to invest ” hundreds of thousands of dollars ” to back the product, following rapid growth in recent months.

However, he stated that the non-profit nature of the platform was ” untouchable “, adding that Mastodon’s independence and the ability to choose moderation styles on its servers were part of its appeal.

” Mastodon will not become everything you hate about Twitter ,” says Rochko. ” The fact that it can be sold to a controversial billionaire, the fact that it can be closed, bankrupt, etc. It’s the paradigm difference between the platforms .”

And while Twitter attacks Mastodon on its platform

Earlier this month, Twitter temporarily suspended the accounts of Mastodon and several journalists after they shared content about the flight path of Musk’s private plane. Although the bot that followed him has returned the account… with nuances .

Twitter also suggested it would ban links to rival social media platforms, including Mastodon, but later backtracked on its policy.

In a reply blog post, Rochko said this was a ” stark reminder that centralized platforms can place arbitrary and unfair limits on what can and cannot be said ,” adding that Mastodon’s monthly active users increased. from 300,000 to 2.5 million between October and November.

Mastodon’s daily downloads jumped from 6,000 on Oct. 27 , the day Musk acquired Twitter, to a peak of 243,000 on Nov. 18 , according to Sensor Tower data .

Mastodon has similar features to Twitter , but is made up of many independently moderated and decentralized servers. Users join one server, but can connect with people on other servers through a so-called “federated” system.

Rochko is Mastodon’s sole shareholder and, according to his 2021 annual report, paid himself €2,400 a month last year, a figure he said has since increased by €500. They are light years from Twitter, but who knows how it will all end.


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