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Mastodon Reviews

Mastodon is a decentralized, open source social network. This is just one part of the network, run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome!

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Mastodon and what they use it for.
  • Adult Friendly Server
    I have seen a few on and - Source: Reddit / 1 day ago
  • I've built a site that helps you find awesome devs across the fediverse
    If I create an account on, and somebody follows me from then my account data and posts get copied to, right? There is no way for me to prevent this from happening and I can't even opt-out and keep my data only on as far as I understand. - Source: Reddit / 1 day ago
  • I am confused
    Just saw that -- and yeah, I'd guess is undercounting. It seems unlikely that is counting users who aren't there, and it probably just has a broader view than the other system. - Source: Reddit / 2 days ago
  • Mastodon/Fedi account promotion thread
    If you're interested in joining, then is a solid recommendation for active streamers. For viewers it really doesn't matter. You can pick and choose at based on your interests, or just register at - Source: Reddit / 3 days ago
  • A Privacy Conscious Cross Instance User Search for Mastodon
    You're being a little disingenuous to support your point, that same search of, also shows 283 people using relevant hashtags. (trans, transgender, transrights). - Source: Reddit / 4 days ago
  • A Privacy Conscious Cross Instance User Search for Mastodon
    I don't understand your concern. How is this different than going to and using the search box? - Source: Reddit / 4 days ago
  • Writing a Profiler in 240 lines of pure Java
    (Author here) This blog post is actually part of a series to write profilers from scratch ( and I'm looking forward to writing the next installment, in the next few days. I write a blog post on this and related in-depth profiling topics every two weeks (you can follow me on social media and... - Source: Hacker News / 6 days ago
  • $39 Cooler Master case turns your old Framework Laptop parts into a tiny PC
    I repurposed my original 11th gen board as a home server running a NAS and NVR, among other things. [1] These boards are going to kick ass for a long time because of the IO. USB 3.2 can handle 10Gbps, enough for a SATA drive array. Thunderbolt 4 goes up to 40Gbps. All current Intel Framework boards come with four TB4 ports. It is frankly a challenge to make use of all of the bandwidth on my mid-tier original... - Source: Hacker News / 4 days ago
  • Do large language models need sensory grounding for meaning and understanding?
    Chris Espinosa just posted this example of GPT-4 attempting (and failing miserably) to explain how a square has the same area as a circle that circumscribes it: Do you think GPT-4 knows what it’s own limits of understanding are? Most people have a sense of what they know and don’t know. I suspect GPT-4 has no concept of either. - Source: Hacker News / 6 days ago
  • Experimental library for scraping websites using OpenAI's GPT API
    The author asked me to share this here: - Source: Hacker News / 7 days ago
  • AI’s compute fragmentation: what matrix multiplication teaches us
    Off topic, but related. - Source: Hacker News / 9 days ago
  • It’s Game over on Vocal Deepfakes
    If you know Casey Liss from ATP or his other podcasts, James Thompson made a deepfake if him with permission and it is extremely good. I had no idea things had gone this far. - Source: Hacker News / 11 days ago
  • Server can't communicate with
    I'm running into a really odd problem and can't seem to find an answer anywhere. I just set up my second Mastodon instance. Everything seemed fine at first, but I discovered that I'm unable to communicate with Communication with all other instances seems fine. I've seen the problem manifest in two ways:. - Source: Reddit / 13 days ago
  • Mastodon Hit 10M Users
    It's interesting that there are normally 10.000-40.000 [0] toots per hour and it skyrockets up to 8.000.000 toots per hour in this graph, how is this possible? [0] based on a graph before these huge spikes - Source: Hacker News / 13 days ago
  • Ask HN: What has your personal website/blog done for you?
    I have been writing a blog since 2000 and have made many friends all around the world. I still get comments and emails about topics I post on nixCraft[0]. But, most important, I learned a lot from those comments and emails. It also helped me build social media following[1][2] just for lulz. I recommend writing a blog with your own domain and server that you control. [0] [1]... - Source: Hacker News / 18 days ago
  • disappeared
    Really appreciate all you've done. I just reconnected to your via a new account on I guess it's a restart time. - Source: Reddit / 21 days ago
  • Frustrating
    Problem solved. The issue was with I don't think I was ever asked to authenticate the account. Since moving to a new instance - - everything is good on iOS. I was asked to authenticate. - Source: Reddit / 16 days ago
  • is still down - Anyone moving?
    Already moved to, but may move [again] to just because (bigger = more likely stable? dunno). - Source: Reddit / 17 days ago
  • how can i copy the URL of an image on mastodon?
    Strange. Unfortunately I don't know what to tell you. When I navigate to and make an image full-screen, I'm able to right-click on the image and copy the image address without issue. I'm using the Brave browser. Perhaps this is some kind of weird problem with Vivaldi? - Source: Reddit / 21 days ago
  • instance is down with a 502 error, as a user what can I do?
    I don't know how seriously to take all of it, but I think I made a mistake setting up on masthead in the first place. I'll try to rebuild on and hope masthead comes back long enough for an orderly migration of follows. - Source: Reddit / 26 days ago
  • instance is down with a 502 error, as a user what can I do?
    My bad. I misread as I was looking to see if there were any existing posts and read too fast ( was down at the same time). Sorry for the confusion!!!! - Source: Reddit / 26 days ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of Mastodon

If You Want to Leave Twitter Because of Elon Musk, These Are Your Options
The most obvious Twitter replacement is probably Mastodon, a decentralized series of social networking sites that are, in form and function, the most similar to Twitter. The one big difference is that instead of just one Twitter, it’s more like a network of Twitters that can interact with each other but don’t necessarily have to. It’s theoretically possible to be a part of one Mastodon instance that is focused on...
Facebook Alternatives 2020 – Social Networks That Won’t Sell Your Data
Mastodon launched in 2017 and made quite an impact on the social network scene. Mastodon is a free, open-source social network. When it launched it was presented as an open source Twitter competitor, but as people are leaving Facebook its being used the same way you would Facebook, which makes it a really good alternative to Facebook.
8 Best Facebook Alternatives With Focus On Privacy For 2018
Last year, Mastodon made splashes as an open source Twitter competitor but you can also use it as a Facebook alternative. Apart from all the differences in terms of privacy, character length, what really sets Mastodon apart is the “instance” feature. You can think of the service as a series of connected nodes (instances) and your account belongs to a particular instance.

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