7 Best Mastodon Server Instances to Join by the Twitter Emigrants

Are you leaving Twitter after Elon Musk’s takeover? Well, you are not alone. Many users have decided to leave Twitter for another platform.

Whether you completely leave the platform or not is up to you. But if you are looking for an alternative, Mastodon is the one you should choose.

What is Mastodon?

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Mastodon is one decentralized open source social media platform. Highlights include the following:

  • It is an independent platform, not under the control of a single person or company.
  • No algorithm that collects/analyzes your usage pattern.
  • You get total control over the platform, which can be used to build a customized experience for your community.
  • No ads.

It primarily aims to be an open source replacement for Twitter (given that posts were called “hooting” equivalent to “tweets“) and the post layout may be somewhat similar. Gradually, it is developing as an open source social media platform all around.

You can deploy Mastodon on your server (take control of your data) or sign up on all available Mastodon instances (hosted by someone else). Each server is run by individuals and passionate users who don’t like to use platforms run by tech giants.

We already had an article explaining what Mastodon is by a server admin if you wanted more in-depth details.

What are Mastodon servers or instances?

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Mastodon is an open source social media software.

Anyone can host it on their servers. Sometimes it is a group of individuals, an individual or an entity. They are responsible for maintaining and moderating it.

Just think of it as “communities” instead of “servers” or an instance. There are many Mastodon communities run by a variety of people. You can join all available communities and interact with users across the Mastodon network.

You can always find servers using Mastodon’s official server portal.

If you are a user and want to use the platform to post things, follow other users and engage with the community, you don’t have to worry about how it all works.

However, it is essential to choose the right community, which each server has different rules, guidelines and preferences.

To help you save time, I recommend some of them best (or most popular) Mastodon servers you can be part of a good experience in no particular order.

Unlike other social media platforms, Mastodon servers are mostly community driven. So we encourage you to donate/help the server admins to continue enjoying the platform.

1. Fosstodon

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Fosstodon is the best Mastodon instance for Linux users and open source enthusiasts. It is not one of the most popular options, but it is good.

You can discuss all you want as long as you follow its code of conduct; the focus is on free and open source software. If you need like-minded users to discuss the same thing, Fosstodon is an excellent option.

I have been a user of this server for a few years and you will find engaging/valuable posts.

2. Mstdn.social

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Mstdn.social is one of the most exciting Mastodon server instances. The administrator of this instance (stux) is super active and welcoming.

You can discuss anything here using the language of your choice, whether it’s about technology, general stuff or cute cat pictures. The administrator regularly shares photos of his cats; you might want to follow him just for that.

3. Mas.to!

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Mas.to is another interactive server where you can have fun posting different content.

It has a large number of active users. So you can always expect things to be engaging and active. You shouldn’t have any problems as long as you follow the server rules.

At the time of writing, Mas.to temporarily stopped accepting new user registrations to increase server capacity. You might want to keep an eye on this.

4. Vivaldi Social

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If you’re not sure about trusting Mastodon servers that are run by individuals, you might want to use Vivaldi Social.

Built by the creators of Vivaldi Browser.

It is good to see companies like Vivaldi promoting the adoption of open source and decentralized technology through this agency.

Sure, you’ll find Vivaldi’s branding replacing the Mastodon logo and posts from the Vivaldi team promoting their services occasionally, and that’s about it. You will not find any advertisements. It also allows you to discuss everything in general, not limited to a single language.

5. Mastodon species

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Mastodon.art is a server dedicated to all kinds of art (illustration, paintings, etc.). The server does not allow NFTs / Crypto Art.

This server should be an excellent place to start if you want a feed full of creative stuff. At the time of writing, Mastodon.art is not accepting new registrations until the waiting list is cleared. You can come back in some time to try to create an account with them.

6. Techhub.social

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Techhub.social aims to cater to users who are passionate about all technologies.

Anyone can join the server if you follow the server rules. You don’t have to be a tech geek to join the server, but the primary focus remains technology.

7. Mastodon.lol

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Mastodon.lol is for you if you want a server that aims to welcome members of LBGTQ+, hackers and a similar group of users.

Like a few other servers, Mastodon.lol is overwhelmed with new user registrations. However, the administration plans to reopen the registrations once new moderators have been added to the server.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Are Mastodon servers privacy friendly?

    Yes, Mastodon is designed in a way that no advanced algorithm collects any kind of data to serve you ads.

    For the rest of the things, the server administrator has access to the data you give them when you sign up and other general statistics (number of posts, likes, IP address, email, etc.). So you can choose to use VPN services or Tor and various other privacy tools to keep your identity anonymous.

    You may want to check the privacy policy of the server you intend to join.

  2. Does Mastodon allow NSFW content?

    Some servers do and some servers don’t. You must read the rules and regulations of the server.

    There is a feature to mark content as sensitive, giving users a warning before they try to view your post.

  3. What happens when a Mastodon server is no longer available?

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    Given that Mastodon servers are run by individuals, there may be hiccups for some.

    If you want to prepare for the d-day, you can always use it account settings to move to another account (or move from another account).

    You can find it below Account → Account Settings → Move to (or from) another account


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