#mastodon isn’t just a website, it is a federation.
There are thousands, of small communities that live within the Mastodon system.
Each one is independent and unique, but they can all talk to one another.
These communities are called "INSTANCES".
So you are not creating your account in a centralised server here like in https://twitter.com.
Instead at any domain that runs Mastodon is called an instance and you can join any instance!
Think about various email providers.
Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook etc.
These email providers are analogous to #mastodon instances.
U can create an email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Here xyz is the username. We know that both email address belong to different persons or same persons.
They can send email to each other.
If you are confused to choose an instance, this link will help you to choose you
Given screenshots to understand how the steps are!
So please understand when you join in #mastodon, you are joining in a federated network and you choose an INSTANCE of your choice.
Here no centralised server or a monopoly corporation, each instance is a community which is moderated by human admins, not by bots run on AI ;)
This link opens take you to my instance sign up page. If you want to join my instance http://mstdn.social fill up the form and join there.
Otherwise forget the above steps.
I will guide you how to join other instances in next tweet.
@jamewils Great posts! Keep it up! 💪
@stux Thank you friend 🥰
@jamewils good comparison. People are familiar with email. We should use email to explain federation of Mastodon to Twitter users.
Useful information, especially to spread around Tw****r.
Content and presentation is very similar to @savjee's excellent video, which could also be shared to explain things to newbies too:
@jamewils does it matter which instance you join? Will the experience be different for different instances?
@jamewils That one is a little outdated. Many errors 😢
@jamewils So how can we create our own instance and run with our own rules?
@jamewils Gab is the biggest instance with 10+lakh members, but
huge potential... as there can be separate servers for focused platforms like linkedin on mastodon itself.
ആദ്യം നിങ്ങൾ അറിഞ്ഞിരിക്കേണ്ടത് മാസ്റ്റോഡൺ ഒരു വികേന്ദ്രീകൃത സോഷ്യൽ മീഡിയ പ്ലാറ്റ്ഫോമാണ്.
ട്വിറ്ററിൽ നിന്നോ ഫേസ്ബുക്കിൽ നിന്നോ ഉള്ള അടിസ്ഥാന വ്യത്യാസം അതാണ്.
ഒരു വികേന്ദ്രീകൃത ശൃംഖല, അതിനർത്ഥം എല്ലാ ശക്തിയും ഉള്ള ഒരു കേന്ദ്ര ഗ്രൂപ്പില്ല.
ഇവിടെ ഇത് #ഫെഡിവേഴ്സ് ആണ്
@jamewils Also encourage people to use tags for all important threads, otherwise it will be difficult to search them later. Because mastodon excludes toots which we haven't involved in search results
@jamewils Great post. I have posted link to this thread on my FB page
@jamewils hey james . what if do not sign up for any instance , so what will be my default instance .. this will limit me to a small reach ?
@jamewils Thank you! This post really helps explain things. I signed up for several different instances thinking I needed that to navigate, but this helped me realize that is not necessary. Time to do some account cleanup!
@jamewils Great thread, Sir! Thanks!