Mastodon’s user base grows by 100K+.

One day after Twitter implemented new restrictions on the number of posts that users can see based on their verification status, rival social media company Mastodon reported a significant increase in traffic.

According to a post on July 2nd by Mastodon’s creator and CEO, Eugen Rochko, the platform’s active user base grew by at least 110,000.

Mastodon, a German competitor of Twitter, has a similar structure to Twitter with tweet-like posts, but it emphasizes that it is user-driven and decentralized. While Twitter is controlled by a single entity, Mastodon operates through a network of thousands of distributed computer servers and is primarily managed by volunteers.

Rochko also expressed gratitude to the Mastodon team for “coming to help with the infrastructure despite it being Sunday” and reposted various messages from long-time users and Mastodon developers. One of the posts offered advice to new users:

“Follow as many people and hashtags as you can. This is not Twitter; there is no algorithm, and it is not going to fill your feed with stuff it thinks you like. You have to curate it yourself.”

The user, Courtney Heard, concluded the post by stating that once users curate their feed, “it’s so much more vibrant and rewarding than Twitter has been for a year.” At the time of writing, Mastodon reported 324,000 active users.

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The surge in activity on Mastodon comes after Elon Musk, the owner and former CEO of Twitter, announced that the platform would impose new limitations on the number of posts accounts can read in a day.

According to Musk’s new rules, Twitter users with verified accounts will be able to view 10,000 posts per day, while new and unverified accounts will only be allowed 500.

Musk did not provide a specific reason for the new restrictions, although he mentioned in a tweet that the platform was “getting data pillaged so much that it was degrading service for normal users.”

Recent data has also revealed a concerning number of fake accounts within many communities on Twitter.

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