Musk takeover sees Twitter users head to rival social network Mastodon

Thousands of disgruntled Twitter users are flocking to rival social network ‘Mastodon’ in the wake of Elon Musk’s $44bn acquisition announcement

  • Twitter users flocking to rival social network Mastodon in wake of Musk takeover
  • Platform gained nearly 30,000 new users on the day billionaire acquired Twitter
  • Mastodon is open-source software people can use to create own social networks
  • Has a similar appearance to Twitter but differs because it is not a single network
  • Thousands of disgruntled Twitter users have been flocking to rival social network Mastodon in response to Elon Musk‘s takeover announcement.

    The platform, which is often seen as an alternative to Twitter, gained nearly 30,000 new users on the day the Tesla billionaire had his $44 billion (£34.5 billion) offer for the microblogging site accepted.

    It also led to a number of ‘woke warriors’, Left-wing organisations and Musk’s business rivals threatening to quit Twitter, although the vast majority are yet to delete their accounts.

    The influx of new users caused a problem for Mastodon, with the domain becoming unresponsive on Tuesday.  

    Thousands of disgruntled Twitter users have been flocking to rival social network Mastodon in response to Elon Musk's takeover announcement

    Thousands of disgruntled Twitter users have been flocking to rival social network Mastodon in response to Elon Musk’s takeover announcement

    WHAT IS MASTODON? 

    Mastodon is not a single website like Twitter but a network of users in independent communities that can set up their own guidelines.

    Although its appearance is similar to Twitter, the decentralised social network actually holds more similarities with Discord, in that users have to find specific Mastodon instances to join.  

    It was launched in 2017 for Twitter users sick of the abuse and hatred on the platform. 

    The network has a 500-character limit on ‘toots’ — its version of tweets — and allows users to set posts to private, which Twitter does not.

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    Eugen Rochko, Mastodon’s German-born founder and CEO, later admitted that there were performance issues.

    ‘I was working all day on fixing performance issues on the Mastodon servers I operate due to the influx of new and returning users following Twitter’s acquisition by Elon Musk,’ he told Motherboard

    Rochko said that Mastodon had seen an increase of 41,287 active users, including both returning users and new users. 

    When factoring in new users alone, 28,391 people have joined Mastodon in the past day.

    Mastodon is not a single website like Twitter but a network of users in independent communities that can set up their own guidelines.

    Although its appearance is similar to Twitter, the decentralised social network actually has more in common with Discord, in that users have to find specific Mastodon instances to join.  

    It was launched in 2017 for Twitter users sick of the abuse and hatred on the platform. 

    The network has a 500-character limit on ‘toots’ — its version of tweets — and allows users to set posts to private, which Twitter does not.

    It also had a feed that is quite different from Musk’s new acquisition, because Mastodon has a chronological, ad-free, and non-algorithmic approach.

    The company is registered as a non-profit and development is supported entirely by donations, meaning there is no advertising.

    Musk, who on Monday sealed a $44 billion (£34.5 billion) deal for Twitter just three weeks after starting the process, tweeted: ‘I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.’

    In a statement, he said that he wanted to make ‘Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans’.

    Musk added: ‘Twitter has tremendous potential — I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.’

    But naysayers, most from the Left, were angry and have said they will quit, although most have not followed through with the threat.

    Amnesty International tweeted: ‘Two words: “toxic Twitter” while Rob Reiner, star of 1970s sitcom All In The Family, said he feared ‘criminal’ Donald Trump would now have his account reactivated, although the former president has ruled out a return and says he will stay on his own ‘TRUTH Social’ platform. 

    Mastodon, which is often seen as an alternative to Twitter, gained nearly 30,000 new users on the day Elon Musk had his $44 billion (£34.5 billion) offer for the microblogging site accepted

    Mastodon, which is often seen as an alternative to Twitter, gained nearly 30,000 new users on the day Elon Musk had his $44 billion (£34.5 billion) offer for the microblogging site accepted

    Rivals of Tesla have thrown their toys out of the pram, despite Musk insisting his acquisition is about free speech over profits.

    Henrik Fisker, the Danish CEO of the electric vehicle maker Fisker, deleted his Twitter account shortly after the company confirmed that Elon Musk acquired 100 per cent of the company.

    He Henrik tweeted: ‘Please follow me on IG (Instagram) from now on if you want any updates. Thanks’, using the hashtag #love.

    Amazon boss Jeff Bezos questioned whether his fellow billionaire Musk could be making Twitter vulnerable to pressure from China, as a result of Tesla’s extensive business liabilities in the Asian nation.

    Bezos and Musk are noted for their rivalry in space, with both men dedicating large chunks of their fortunes to exploration. 

    The former has dismissed his rival’s plan to colonise Mars using his SpaceX rockets as unrealistic, while Musk has been scathing about the orbiting space station Blue Origin founder Bezos proposes.

    How Musk will put his mark on Twitter: New boss wants to ditch ads in favor of subscriptions, introduce longer tweets, turn HQ into homeless shelter, fire woke staff and kill bots 

    By James Gordon for Dailymail.com 

    Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter will see substantial changes implemented on the social media platform with everything from longer tweets and paid subscriptions using ‘joke’ cryptocurrency Dogecoin all within the realm of possibility.

    Musk is said to favor temporary ‘timeouts’ for users who break the new rules, rather than permanent bans such as those given to Donald Trump.

    Details of his immediate plans are slim, but the Tesla chief portrays himself as a free-speech absolutist.

    Other mooted changes include blue verification checkmarks for anyone who subscribes to Twitter’s premium Blue service, which costs $2.99 a month.

    Musk is said to favor a subscription-based model over advertiser funding, as it would make Twitter less beholden to advertiser pressure. He has even suggested users could pay with cryptocurrency, including joke currency Dogecoin which Musk has long had an affection for.

    He’s also likely to fire many of the firm’s woke staff. Workers have been told the transfer of ownership will last around six months, after which Musk is likely to wield the ax.

    The firm’s downtown San Francisco could also be turned into a homeless shelter at Musk’s behest, with the California city engulfed by one of the worst homelessness crisis in the United States. 

    Musk has also teased at other new features including an ‘edit’ button to adjust previously posted tweets and also making the platforms algorithms ‘open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots and authenticating all humans.’

    That would enable people to see exactly why Twitter had chosen to make some tweets more visible to users than others.

    A top priority for Musk is to eliminate ‘bots’ which frequently generate spam and run scams. 

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