Mastodon is a decentralized, open-source social media platform where users can create profiles, interact with other users, and share content, but it differs in that it is built on a decentralized network (the fediverse), meaning that it is not owned or controlled by a single entity. Instead, Mastodon is made up of a network of servers, each of which is run by a different user/organization. This decentralized structure allows users to choose which server they want to join and gives them more control over their data and how it is used. Mastodon also has a strong focus on community moderation and has a code of conduct that aims to create a safe and welcoming environment for all users.

The fediverse (short for “federated universe”) is a term used to describe the collection of interconnected servers that make up the Mastodon social media platform and other decentralized social media networks. These servers are connected to each other through a federation protocol, allowing them to share content and interact with each other. The fediverse is often seen as an alternative to traditional, centralized social media platforms, which are owned and controlled by a single company and often profit from the data and activity of their users.

It’s worth noting that Mastodon servers may have different policies and requirements, and these policies may change over time. It’s always a good idea to check the specific policies of the Mastodon server you plan to join.

Mastodon servers allow users to self-verify their accounts by providing a link to a profile or website domain they own.

Using Webfinger on my own domains, you can find me on Mastodon using the following IDs:
@findme@ general social network
@findme@ Australian social network

I might change Mastodon servers, but you can always find me through those IDs.

I’ve also set up
@[email protected] : information security
@[email protected] : AI
@[email protected] : photography
@[email protected] : EV news

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