TechCrunch reports over 500,000 new users flocked to Mastodon, an open-source alternative to Twitter. The recent influx of users to the decentralized social media platform results from Elon Musk’s official Twitter takeover. After months of setbacks and controversy, the eccentric tech billionaire finally acquired the social media platform. Is Mastodon the new Twitter?
Unlike Twitter, Mastodon has various “instances” or servers. Similar to subreddits on Reddit, instances are individual communities with their own rules. Instances are where decentralization comes into play, as each runs its version of Mastodon’s source code. Additionally, instances act similarly to nodes on a blockchain, though there’s no monetary reward for hosting an instance.