Tweets and toots are currently coexisting in the social media sphere. While Elon Musk is celebrating Twitter’s all-time high in active users, many other users are searching for an alternative to the bird app because they are frustrated with Twitter’s current disarray and confusion. Mastodon is one of the alternatives that received a lot of attention.
Similar to Discord, Mastodon is an open-source microblogging platform. The website provides a decentralized, ad-free forum for anyone to express their ideas on community servers. Joining, setting up servers, posting “toots” (instead of tweets), following other individuals and groups, and favoriting (liking) and boosting (retweeting) the posts of others are all possible. It is believed to be safer and more straightforward than other social networking platforms.
But what exactly are servers, and how do you set up a new Mastodon account? Let’s look at the step-by-step procedure for creating your Mastodon profile.
How to set up an account on Mastodon
Both Android and iOS have a straightforward and similar account creation process. To agree to the terms of service and server policies, you must check the box and enter your username, email address, and password.
Step 1: Download Mastodon on Play Store or App Store.
Step 2: Now open the app and click on Get Started to create your new account.
Step 3: Mastodon will show you some available servers on the platform. You can select the servers you want to get started with. The Servers are based on various people’s interests, including general news.
Step 4: After selecting servers, tap on next.
Step 5: You will be shown some ground rules of the platform. Read and click Next.
Step 6: Add your profile details, including name, profile id for Mastodon, email, and profile password.
Step 7: Mastodon will send a verification link on your mentioned email id. Go to your email and click on that.
Note: The platform might take a few minutes to send the link. Also, check your spam folder sometimes; the verification mail shows up there.
Step 8: After the email is verified, you will be landed on the home page of Mastodon. You can now check the posts from people in your selected servers.
Mastodon is notable for being Fediverse, a network of servers users can choose, create, or even quit. You can switch between instances and join other servers whenever you want. The majority of Mastodon servers allow registration and require simply your email address and password to connect.