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Erin Bensinger
Erin Bensinger

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Best Mastodon servers...go 🦣

The social networking site Mastodon has seen a huge boost in popularity this week due to the high-profile change in Twitter leadership. Since Mastodon is federated, there are various servers to be joined and engaged with, each with their own topics and vibes.

mastodon.social, the only server (I think?) actually run and moderated by the folks behind Mastodon, has been a little laggy and overrun as an influx of Twitter defectors arrived this week. It's also a very generalized space, with nearly each local post in my feed addressing a different topic.

So, devs! I want to know what your favorite Mastodon servers are for programming, development, and tech-related topics. Drop your thoughts in the comments and help us all out. 🦣

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

I have heard that fosstodon.org updates more frequently than mastodon.social But I only know this because some of the guys I follow moved their server to fosstodon. Some of the linux focused youtubers have made their own server linuxrocks.online So if you are into linux related contents, that is a good server.

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Nick Taylor • Edited on

I love my server, toot.cafe, but as far as I know, they're not taking new members atm. Regardless, if you want to connect over there, I'm @toot.cafe@nickytonline

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

Thanks for invite, I just followed you.

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Andy Piper • Edited on

I'm strongly considering my own server, but I've definitely seen a lot of folks on fosstodon.org and mstdn.social. Some of the other places I'm following folks are chaos.social hachyderm.io and indieweb.social - and so many more - it is such an interesting space to explore and discover people.

I'm not suggesting that it is a place to necessarily start an account unless you are 🤖 but botsin.space is also pretty neat - my podcast has an account there now, @gamesinwork_biz@botsin.space

Idea for DEV - make it easier for Fediverse users to share their addresses in comments and profiles :-) (and/or join via ActivityPub - fairly certain there was an earlier architectural / philosophical discussion about Forem doing this, but ICBM)

Oh, I am @andypiper@mastodon.social for the moment!

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Jujist

Fosstodon for Open Source enthusiasts :)
fosstodon.org/

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kkaosninja

It looks like they stopped account signups on mastodon.social.

If you are in the cybersecurity/infosec space, you should check out infosec.exchange

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Sriram Ramkrishna

there is foss.social - which is where all the open source projects live. I'm on mastodon.social as I don't mind the generalized topics.

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Thomas Bnt • Edited on

I'm on @mstdn.io@thomasbnt, but this instance is only with invitations. Hosted in France and maintained by a French person since 2017.

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Peter Benjamin (they/them)

hachyderm.io:

Here we are trying to build a curated network of respectful professionals in the tech industry around the globe. Welcome anyone who follows the rules and needs a safe home or fresh start. We are hackers, professionals, enthusiasts, and are passionate about life, respect, and digital freedom. We believe in peace and balance. Safe space. Tech Industry. Economics. OSINT. News. Rust. Linux. Aurae. Kubernetes. Go. C. Infrastructure. Security. LGTBQIA+. Pets. Hobbies.

Administered by the amazing Kris Nóva

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Andy Delso • Edited on

So many are going down with the influx of users. I signed up on mas.to because it looks like cybre.space is closing down... Having issues migrating and all that!

@ddaypunk@mas.to now and planning to post things related to my posts on dev.to there like Android, Kotlin, and Quality!

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Andy Delso • Edited on

also trying to get one andy@androiddev.social to be relevant professionally

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Camille

I joined up over 6 months ago and this is a summary of my observations and interactions over that time:

mastodon.online is also by the Mastodon team, I think.

Right now all the bigger instances are trying to manage the new influx of folks. mstdn.social is one big one that I know of that has been having glitches with the new folks. The admin, stux, communicates admirably about server stuff which is helpful so you always know what is being done to streamline the experience.

mastodon.coffee - for coffee enthusiasts - is another ran by stux.

Fosstodon is great. I love that community.

One of the things I have noticed is that a lot of people run their own servers and there are a ton of options depending on what you want out of it.

Some of the easier ones to host are friendica and pleroma. Mastodon is heavy and needs more resources than any of the others.

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Јане Џумеркоски

WEBPERF.SOCIAL is a place for those who care about web development and web performance, from novices to professionals. Everyone in related fields is also welcome.

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Eric Murrell

I signed up on the @uiuxdev.social server. Here's my handle for anyone who wants to connect on Mastodon
uiuxdev.social/@emurrell

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