The purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk is the best thing that could happen to Mastodon. After the sale of Twitter for $44 billion pesos, the billionaire, now owner of the social network, has made a series of changes that have not gone down very well inside and outside of Twitter. The first thing was that he fired several top managers such as CEO Parag Agrawal; later, he announced that the verification of the accounts would begin to be paid.
As expected, the new movements wreaked havoc on the social network. At least 70,000 users have left Twitter and migrated to Mastodon, Twitter’s competitor platform. As confirmed by our colleagues from TechRadarthe 70 thousand users waited just one day for Musk in power to run to seek refuge in Mastodon.
You may not know Mastodon because it is little used on this side of the world. The truth is that it is a platform specifically designed to prohibit control by eccentric billionaires like Elon Musk and Kanye West. In conclusion, it is a self-hosted, free, distributed and decentralized microblogging and social networking software. However, there are several differences between Twitter and Mastodon.
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For starters, Mastodon doesn’t organize your feed; If you subscribe to the account of a celebrity, entity or organization, the platform will show you all their “toots” (publications) in chronological order. That is, the ‘social network’ does not decide what you may or may not like. On the other hand, and the most important thing for many, is that Mastodon does not show ads, nor does it collect personal data from its users. In conclusion, the decentralized design of the platform means that no one can take full control over it, unlike Twitter.
Will it be the end of Twitter? It’s probably too early to tell for sure; In addition, just as Musk has detractors, he has a large army of followers who agree with his decisions. However, if Musk’s ideas continue to be controversial, as we already know, we will continue to see a decline in users on the platform, which, until last week, had 320 million users.
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