Recently, like many people, I started curating a personal Mastodon profile. I have a lot going on on Twitter, and that’s become an unstable environment, so better hedge by creating an outpost on Mastodon.
For those who are not familiar with Mastodon, it is a microblogging platform that lives in many mutually federated servers insteads of one single large, corporate walled garden (Twitter). From a user perspective point of view, it has a feature that does not exist in Twitter: on top of your home feed (the people you follow), it also gives you access to the local timeline (the people on your same instance). This meshes well with the “many communities” architecture of Mastodon, which encourages people with similar interests to make camp on the same instances: Many mathematicians, for example, are on Mathstodon, an instance which boasts integrated LaTEX rendering for people who often share mathematical formulae; many Italian speakers are on Uno, and so on.
The instance I chose is mastodon.green: based in Germany, EU-centric and with support for all EU official languages, focused on the environment and climate in particular. It costs 1.5 EUR per month. Since I had an invitation available, I used it for Edgeryders, which then acquired its own Mastodon outpost. Both accounts are verified, and I would like to note that Mastodon has an elegant, decentralized system for account verification.
I was thinking that, if we were to create a company chat now, we would probably spin our own Mastodon instance instead of a Matrix one. It would be cool to have a convergence between social media ands company chat, though I am not completely clear as to how we would maintain a “company only” channel. But then, Mastodon is open source, and I am sure there are ways to do it.
Any thoughts? @matthias?