Mastodon is similar to Twitter. The biggest difference between Mastodon and Twitter is that Mastodon is decentralized. No single company controls the social network. Instead, Mastodon uses a network of thousands of independently managed servers. Once you join a server, you can interact with people who use any other server. It’s similar to how we can send email to each other without having to all use Gmail.
As I shared recently, the Interledger Foundation is sponsoring me to contribute to the open source Mastodon project as a Web Monetization ambassador. Today, we are running the latest released version of Mastodon. In the future, we may operate a pre-release version of Mastodon with Web Monetization features we are contributing to the project.
The foundation welcomes people interested in the Interledger Protocol, Open Payments API, and Web Monetization API to create an account on its Mastodon server. We will review account requests manually to prevent abuse. Enter your community.interledger.org username in the “reason you want to join” to help expedite approval.
If you already have a fediverse account, there is no need to create a separate account just for Interledger-related discussion unless you want to, as you can follow the foundation and all activity on the server from your existing account. That’s how the social Web works!
If you would like help setting up a Mastodon account or want to learn some tips for using Mastodon, join our office hours on Tuesday, August 1, 2023. There will be 3 sessions:
- 12:00–13:00 CEST (convert time) Sign up
- 12:00–1:00 PM EDT (convert time) Sign up
- 12:00–1:00 PM PDT (convert time) Sign up
Some other great accounts I personally recommend:
- @email@example.com: Tips on using Mastodon / the fediverse
- @firstname.lastname@example.org: News about social web tech
- @Flipboard@flipboard.social: Variety of human-curated content
- @Techmeme@techhub.social: Influential tech news aggregator
- @email@example.com: The World Wide Web Consortium
- @firstname.lastname@example.org: Mozilla, creator of Firefox
- @email@example.com: Creative Commons
- @firstname.lastname@example.org: Wikimedia, operator of Wikipedia
- @email@example.com: The Internet Archive
You can follow me at @Jeremiah@alpaca.gold.