7 Best Mastodon Server Instances To Join From Twitter Emigrants

Leaving Twitter after Elon Musk takeover? Well, you are not alone. Many users have decided to leave Twitter for a different platform.

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

What is the mastodon?

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

  • It is an independent platform, not under the control of any single individual or company.
  • No algorithms that collect/analyze the pattern of your usage.
  • Gain total control of the platform, which can be used to create a personalized experience for your community.
  • No advertising.

It primarily aims to be an open source replacement for Twitter (considering posts were called “toots” similar to “tweets“) and the layout of the post may look a bit similar. It is gradually evolving as an all around open source social media platform.

You can deploy Mastodon on your own server (taking control of your data) or subscribe to any available Mastodon instance (hosted by someone else). Each server is run by individuals and passionate users who don’t like using platforms run by tech giants.

We’ve already had an article explaining what Mastodon is from a server admin if you want 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 own 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 “community” instead of “server” or an instance. There are many Mastodon communities run by a variety of people. You can join any available community and interact with users through the Mastodon network.

You can always find servers using the official Mastodon server portal.

If you are a user and want to use the platform to publish content, follow other users and interact with the community, you don’t need to worry about how it works.

However, choosing the right community is essential, such as each server has different rules, guidelines and preferences.

To help you save time, I recommend some of the best (or most popular) Mastodon servers you can join for a good experience without any particular ranking order.

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

1. Phosstodon

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

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

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

2. Mstdn.social

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

You can discuss anything here using any language you like, be it technology, general stuff, or pictures of cute cats. The admin regularly shares photos of her cats; you could give it a sequel just for that.

3. Mas.to!

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Mas.to is another interactive server where you can enjoy posting various content.

It has a good 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 respect the server rules.

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

4. Social Vivaldi

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If you are unsure about relying on Mastodon servers run by individuals, you may choose to use Vivaldi Social.

Built by the makers of Vivaldi Browser.

It’s great to see companies like Vivaldi promoting the adoption of open source and decentralized technology through this instance.

Sure, you’ll find Vivaldi’s branding replacing the Mastodon logo and posts from the Vivaldi team promoting their services occasionally, and that’s it. You will not find any ads. Also, it lets you discuss anything in general, not limited to a single language.

5. Mastodon.art

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Mastodon.art is a server that caters to all kinds of art (illustrations, paintings, etc.). The server does not allow NFT / Crypto Art.

This server should be a great place to start if you want a feed full of creative stuff. As of this writing, Mastodon.art is not accepting new entries until the waitlist is cleared. You can check back sometime to try and create an account with them.

6. Techhub.social

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Techhub.social aims to satisfy 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 main focus remains the technology.

7. Mastodon.lol

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Are Mastodon servers privacy friendly?

    Yes, Mastodon is designed in such a way that no advanced algorithms collect any form of data to deliver you advertisements.

    For the rest, the server administrator has access to the data you provide to him when registering and other general statistics (number of posts, likes, IP address, email, etc.). Thus, you can use VPN or Tor services and various other privacy tools to keep your identity anonymous.

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

  2. Does Mastodon allow NSFW content?

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

    A feature to mark content as sensitive gives users a warning before they try to see your post.

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

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    Considering Mastodon servers are run by individuals, some may have problems.

    If you want to get ready for d-day, you can always use the account options to switch to another account (or from a different one).

    Find it below Account → Account settings → Switch to (or from) another account


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