Mastodon, A Twitter Competitor, Adds More Than 100,000 Active Users

Following new limitations on the number of postings users may view on Twitter, competitor Mastodon reported a significant rise in traffic.

Mastodon, a competing social media platform, reported a large boost in traffic the day after Twitter introduced new restrictions on the quantity of posts users could view (depending on their verification status).

The number of active users on the network increased by at least 110,000, according to a July 2 article by Mastodon’s CEO and creator Eugen Rochko.

Mastodon, a German competitor to Twitter with a structure resembling a tweet, emphasizes that it is user-driven and decentralized. While a single organization manages Twitter, Mastodon is administered mostly by volunteers and is supported by a network of thousands of scattered computer servers.

Additionally, Rochko commended the Mastodon team for “coming to help with the infrastructure despite it being Sunday” and reshared a number of comments from seasoned users and Mastodon developers, including one post with suggestions for novice users:

Follow the most individuals and hashtags you can. This is not Twitter; there is no algorithm, and it will not populate your feed with content that it believes you would enjoy. You are required to curate it yourself.

After users curated their feeds, the user, Courtney Heard, concluded the message by remarking that “it’s so much more vibrant and rewarding than Twitter has been for a year.” Mastodon reported 324,000 active users at the time of writing.

Elon Musk, the owner and former CEO of Twitter, said that the social media network would place new limits on the number of posts accounts can read in a day, which resulted in a surge in activity on Mastodon.

Twitter users with verified accounts would be permitted to access 10,000 posts each day under Musk’s new regulations, compared to just 500 for new and unverified accounts.

Musk did not provide a precise explanation for the new restrictions in his tweet, but he did note that the platform was “getting data pillaged so much that it was degrading service for normal users.”

Additionally, recent data has shown that there are a startlingly large amount of fake accounts in numerous Twitter circles.


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