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Are there any Mastodon instances for devs?

nikoheikkila profile image Niko Heikkilä Updated on ・1 min read

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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Merlijn Vos

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 :)

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Niko Heikkilä Author

Cool! Signing up now.

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Matteo Joliveau

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).

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Niko Heikkilä Author

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?

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Matteo Joliveau

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

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Preslav Rachev

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: @preslavrachev@mastodon.technology

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tux0r • Edited

I'm on layer8.space (the only obvious public instance without a ridiculous CoC) to keep an eye on the whole Mastodon system.

But:

  • Every Mastodon user I have come across does also have a (more actively used) Twitter account. It is pointless to follow both accounts.
  • That leads me to the suscipion that the current wave of "everyone must be on Mastodon now!" is not that different from "everyone must be on GNU Social/Quitter/Diaspora/ello now!" which happened much too often.
  • Especially note that this is the second time that "everyone must be on Mastodon", they did that before when Twitter "broke" their APIs - and they all came back to Twitter.

TL;DR: It's not worth the effort. It will die soon. For the second time.

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Niko Heikkilä Author • Edited

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?

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tux0r

I'd rather call Twitter "the least evil". Talking to yourself is only fun for a short time. :-)

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Liz Rodriguez

I just joined mastodon.technology/ and like it so far 👍

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janniks

Does anybody have any invites to mastodon.technology/ ?

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Brian Kephart

ruby.social, if you're into Ruby.

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Tim Apple

Old post, but thought I would chime in for future searches...
try fosstodon.org

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Niko Heikkilä Author • Edited

I've found myself comfortable in mastodon.technology - but maybe someday I'll peek into this one, thanks.