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Mastodon for iPhone

Decentralized social network Mastodon, which allows users to create their own private networks now has an official iPhone app, supplementing an existing web version and several third-party apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms.

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Mastodon for iPhone

(iOS 14.0) | Free-to-download

Decentralized social network Mastodon, which allows users to create their own private networks now has an official iPhone app, supplementing an existing web version and several third-party apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms. Mastodon can also be described as a network of millions of users in independent communities that can all interact with one another, seamlessly. No matter what you’re into, you can meet passionate people posting about it on Mastodon.

One of the ways, Mastodon sets itself apart from current-day Twitter or Facebook, for that matter, is that it doesn’t offer a central place for users to interact with each other. Instead the platform allows creators to host smaller Twitter-like platforms called communities devoted to certain interests, specific locations, and other unifying factors. Each community has its own guidelines and moderators to keep its members safe, and robust blocking and reporting tools help prevent abuse. Community owners can decide whether their posts are shared with their followers, just the people they mention, or the whole world.

The company says, “Mastodon is open-source and has an elegant, well-documented API that is available to everyone. Make your own app, or use one of the many third-party apps made by other developers!”

“A third-party app ecosystem contributed in large part to Twitter’s success at the beginning, with many innovative features like retweets coming originally from unofficial apps, and it is serving a similarly instrumental role for Mastodon. It is great that Mastodon users can choose from a variety of apps with distinct approaches to user experience.”

Well, if you need one more reason to join the nonprofit Mastodon in order to create your own Twitter-like community on the platform, here you go. In the case of Mastodon, there’s no overarching entity that can use your data for monetizing or advertising purposes as it doesn’t have a central server system that holds all the data. This means, it is you who own and host your own data.

And if you’re not a creator, you can join the platform as a follower, and all you need to do to sign-up is choose a community. Just like when signing up for an e-mail address, one community is going to be hosting your account and be part of your online identity. However, you can follow and talk to people from other communities seamlessly from one account. Not just that, you can even switch between communities without having to worry about creating multiple accounts.

The main features for followers include, find and follow fascinating folks and read their posts in an ad-free, chronological timeline; express yourself with custom emoji, images, GIFs, videos, and audio in 500-character posts; reply to threads and reblog posts from anyone to share great stuff; and find new accounts to follow and trending hashtags to expand your network.

Overall, Mastodon is free and open-source software for running self-hosted social networking services and gain followers, so what are your thoughts about exploring its universe?

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