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Adiós Twitter: Introducing Mastodon for the VoIP Community

#FollowFriday seemed an appropriate day to introduce Mastodon, our decentralized solution to the Twitter meltdown. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple weeks, here’s a quick snapshot. Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion. Elon fires half of existing Twitter staff. Elon bans Twitter employees from working at home. Elon, the Free Speech champion, fires Twitter employees that criticize his misleading tweeets. Elon gives remaining Twitter employees an ultimatum to sign a pledge to work under grueling working conditions or leave with three months of severance pay. 75% of remaining employees refuse to sign the pledge, and Elon locks the doors.

Meanwhile, the Mastodon alternative explodes to over 7 million users in a single week. Today we want to introduce you to Mastodon and encourage each of you to take it for a test drive. It’s free. It’s decentralized. And it’s incredibly easy to take advantage of the independence that the Mastodon social media platform offers without worrying about a billionaire ever putting the platform in jeopardy. A week ago we couldn’t spell Mastodon, and today we have a thriving, independent Mastodon platform that offers you almost everything that it took many of us years to build on Twitter. You can sign up for a free account here. Then have a look at our Public (a.k.a. Federated) platform here.

The beauty of the Mastodon design is you get the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the content of everyone that anyone on your Mastodon instance chooses to follow while also participating on a local platform that is dedicated to the interests of the Incredible PBX and VoIP community. There is no other VoIP, Asterisk, or FreePBX platform for Mastodon today!

Getting Started. Once you’ve signed up for an account, the first thing you will want to do is to Enable the Advanced Web Interface in Settings. This provides simultaneous views of both your Local community and the Federated community through the web interface. The Federated view already is populated with a feature-rich content collection much like what it took many of us years to create as Twitter users. We should note that Mastodon is a very mature platform offering web access as well as a number of excellent apps for iPhone and Android users. We’ve also started a thread on VoIP-Info.org forum with numerous tips and tricks to get you up to speed on Mastodon. Come join the party!

Here’s our favorite Getting Started with Mastodon article. Start here.

Originally published: Friday, November 18, 2022

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