If you've ended up here looking for information about the progressive metal band from Atlanta that has published albums of the quality of Leviathan, Crack the Skye, Once More 'Round the Sun, and the latest Emperor of Sand, this Mastodon has nothing to do with them. Or at least that's what we think.
Because we're not here to talk about his metal band with a great live performance nor about their latest album, concert dates or their usual setlist of songs. We're here to introduce you to the social network that has become a reliable alternative to Twitter, or that's at least what they say.
The truth is that the 140-character social network isn't living its best moment and that's why some developers want to overthrow it with their own creations. That's the case of Eugen Rochko who's responsible (although Vivaldi.net also is to blame) for this development that definitely doesn't stand out for its originality, concept or design.
So, what's the difference between Mastodon and Twitter? Which one's better?
Well, the main difference lies in the length of the messages that can reach up to 500 characters, with an interface that's very similar to TweetDeck, the possibility to turn individual messages into private messages or the fact that it's an open-source and decentralized development on different servers. With such measure, they intend to avoid the communications monopoly on behalf of a single company.
It has experienced an increase in the number of users, but the truth is that it's still nowhere near the blue bird's social network. This is just like what happened when Telegram was first launched: the initial hype makes everyone talk about it but at the end of the day there's only one messaging app with over a billion users. We'll soon see how it goes but it looks like it's going to be hard to take off if users of the likes of Trump, Taylor Swift or Cristiano Ronaldo aren't on it.
Thousands of hipsters have already created their profile. What are you waiting for?
- Chronological public timelines.
- Publications of up to 500 characters.
- Support for GIF animations and short videos.
- Extended control and privacy functions.
- Different options to mute and block users.
- Ethical commitment to not include adverts or track users.
- Open-source API for developers and services.
These attempts to develop alternative communications platforms, with more or less success, are due to the fact that many users aren't satisfied with their current services. And Twitter isn't an exception.