Decentralized Twitter alternative sees record user growth

Mastodon, a Germany-based decentralized network, has been attracting a record number of users since Elon Musk completed his Twitter takeover.

Mastodon, a Germany-based decentralized network, has been attracting a record number of users since Elon Musk completed his Twitter takeover.

Mastodon has been seeing a record influx of new users since the completion of the Twitter takeover. According to today's "tweet" from Eugen Rochko, the CEO and lead developer of the Germany-based company touted as the biggest decentralized alternative to Twitter, the platform hit over one million monthly active users, with almost half of them joining since October 27. Within the same period, Mastodon has also added 1,124 servers.

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Source: Mastodon.social

Mastodon is an open-source social network founded in 2016 by Mastodon gGmbH, a Germany-based non-profit. The enterprise was started by Rochko, previously an avid Twitter user, who became dissatisfied with how the American network was shifting its course.

In the initial stage, he managed to crowdfund his project through Patreon until the platform earned worldwide recognition and press coverage which helped to move things forward. The enterprise was incorporated as a non-profit limited liability company (gGmbH in German) in 2021.

Mastodon was intended as a "friendly" social network and was hailed as "Twitter without Nazis." At least until Gab network, known for being a safe harbor for white supremacists, started to implement Mastodon's source code.

Mastodon is still a small initiative, but with Twitter-takeover controversies and web3's forward march, the project may be facing a bright future.