Who to follow on Mastodon: The Twitter quitter's guide

Rachael Grealish November 19, 2022
Who to follow on Mastodon: The Twitter quitter's guide
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As Twitter users move over to Mastodon, many are working out how to make an account and who to follow on the social media alternative.

Chaos ensued at Twitter HQ this week as employees were told all the company’s offices would close, the BBC reports, but would reopen on Monday, November 21. They also reported all staff badge access had been suspended.

The move came after new owner Elon Musk reportedly sent a message to employees of his recently acquired company in which he said they must be ready to sign up for “long hours at high intensity” or leave, Reuters reports.

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The Verge also reports a number of the company’s 3,000 or so employees weren’t willing to stay.

Twitter quitters turn to alternatives

Due to uncertainty surrounding the company, some Twitter users have been looking for alternatives, one being Mastodon. Celebs such as Sue Perkins have said they’re considering a move:

Ever since Musk took over Twitter on October 27, after his $44 billion acquisition which made him the richest man in the world, many people were scared for the future of the social media site – which is likely the reason for the move over to Mastodon.

What is Mastodon?

If you’ve not been keeping track of the alleged social media drama you may be wondering what it is. Well, it’s an alternative to Twitter.

Mastodon was founded by German software developer Eugen Rochko in 2016. Unlike Twitter, Mastodon is registered as a non-profit platform, meaning there are no shareholders.

Mastodon isn’t a single platform either. The platform is based on Rochko’s open-source software, which means interconnected Mastodon servers – and servers that can “talk” to Mastodon servers – are collectively dubbed the “Fediverse.”

Each server is also governed by rules set by the people who operate it.

How to make an account

If you’re looking to move over from Twitter, or just join the Mastodon “herd”, making an account is very simple.

  1. Join a server.
  2. Sign up to your chosen Mastodon server.
  3. Set up your profile.
  4. Start following people and engaging with the community.
  5. Introduce yourself.
  6. Find your friends.

If you can, reusing your Twitter username will make it easier for your followers to find you and vice versa.

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Using sites like Debirdify or Fedifinder helps extract the fediverse handles of your Twitter followers or list members and import them onto Mastodon so you can follow them all at once.

Who to follow on Mastodon

Obviously, if you use one of the websites you’ll be able to track and find your current Twitter followers and those you follow on the new social media app.

But if you’re looking for some notable figures to follow several celebrities have already signed up. Some are:

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.