Decentralized social network Mastodon has now over one million monthly active users as more people are joining it to find an alternative to Twitter.
The announcement was made by Mastodon’s founder, CEO, lead developer, and one and only full-time employee Eugen Rochko on Monday. He said that the network gained 489,003 new users who created 1,124 new servers since October 27. That’s when Elon Musk completed the acquisition of Twitter and became the ‘’Chief Twit’’.
Just after Twitter entered its Musk era, the company has announced several changes to its platform that received global criticism, such as the new monthly $8 fee users will now be asked to pay in order to receive or continue having a blue check mark. In addition, content moderation has become a matter of concern for many after Musk announced they would form a new “content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints’’.
The company also laid off nearly half of its workforce last Friday, and is now asking some of them to come back after realizing they were fired mistakenly or would be required to build new features for the platform, according to sources.
As a result of Musk’s controversial changes, more people are turning to other apps like Mastodon to protest Twitter, hoping to find a better alternative.
In fact, many features you can find on Mastodon are quite similar to those offered by Twitter, such as hashtags, retweet-like ‘’boosting’’, bookmarks and replies. However, what makes it stand out is that it lets users create independent servers with their own content moderation rules. Meanwhile, the decentralized network also offers an ad-free experience.
While 1 million monthly users doesn’t seem much compared to Twitter’s 237.8 million monetizable daily active users, Mastodon is expected to maintain its growth in popularity.