Mastodon is a hot topic now, and with Twitter constantly breaking their API there must be more than a handful of developers looking for joinable instances. But are there any? Should dev.to host one?
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Old post, but thought I would chime in for future searches...
I've found myself comfortable in mastodon.technology - but maybe someday I'll peek into this one, thanks.
Toot.cafe is hosted by the awesome Nolan Lawson. Lots of developers are on there, though mostly front-end I believe. Mastodon also has a federated timeline with cross-instance toots so you don't have to be afraid of being locked-in with only the people of your instance :)
I'm on there :)
Cool! Signing up now.
I have recently joined an instance called @mastodon.technology. As the name suggests, it is full of techies, many of whom I have been actively following on Twitter, who migrated over to Mastodon full-time. I blogged about my early endeavours on Mastodon in a recent post.
In case any of you have already joined Mastodon, or thinking about coming over, you are more than welcome to add me as a friend: @email@example.com
I'm on layer8.space (the only obvious public instance without a ridiculous CoC) to keep an eye on the whole Mastodon system.
TL;DR: It's not worth the effort. It will die soon. For the second time.
I don't really feel this "everyone must be on Mastodon now!" going on in my bubble. Maybe everyone can't find a suitable instance or app to use and they roll back to Twitter?
I'd rather call Twitter "the least evil". Talking to yourself is only fun for a short time. :-)
mastodon.technology/@matteojoliveau, freshly registered as I lost my previous account (not that I was ever very active, I always fall back to Twitter. But this instance seems more alive than the previous one I joined).
This instance has gotten some mentions, and looks promising. Do you think the admins are reliable; as in they keep the platform updates rolling and data backed up?
For what I can see yes, he is very active in terms of updates, it is hosted on DigitalOcean and has a small but steady income through Patreon
A few instances mentioned these comments are sadly no longer available (rip mastodon.technology).
I've recently done some work trying to find developers on different mastodon instances and from what I can tell these are the top instances right now:
More info and a breakdown per programming language in my blog post here.
I just joined mastodon.technology/ and like it so far 👍
Does anybody have any invites to mastodon.technology/ ?
Check out hachyderm.io
About: "Here we are trying to build a curated network of respectful professionals in the tech industry around the globe. ...We are hackers, professionals, enthusiasts, and are passionate about life, respect, and digital freedom."
The admin, Kris Nóva, posted on Medium about the hachyderm.io infrastructure.
ruby.social, if you're into Ruby.
If you're a developer/techie from Africa, there's also mastodon.africa. You can find me there 😉
Here is a new developer.social community.
Hopefully a good home, now that mastodon.technology shuts down in a few weeks.