I’m on Mastadon now:
I have some thoughts. It’s harder to use. The federation concept is nice from a developer perspective. Conceptually, it’s like each Mastodon instance is usually a mini-community. In twitter these were modeled as lists, hashtag searches and later, communities (the subreddit-like feature). From a security and safety point of view, it allows you to not only block people, but entire communties that are problematic from federating with you.
In practice the @username and #hashtag conventions really made a difference in conceptual simplicity that Mastadon simply can’t replicate.
I don’t think twitter will go away. it’s more likely to fracture than totally disappear. but the end result may be similar…
Great summary of Mastodon etiquette for new users:
On content warnings:
On the new user influx:
It’s normal to have alt accounts:
Mobile & Desktop Apps: