December 22, 2022

How to perform a clean migration from Twitter to Mastodon

If you're tired of the constant noise and toxic environment on Twitter, you may be considering a move to a different social media platform. One option that has gained popularity in recent weeks is Mastodon. In this blog post, we'll go over what Mastodon is, why you might want to consider migrating to it, and how to make the switch.

What is Mastodon?

Mastodon is a decentralized, open-source social media platform that operates on a federated model. This means that it is composed of a network of independent servers, or "instances," that communicate with each other and share content. Each instance has its own rules and moderation policies, so you can choose an instance that aligns with your values and interests.

Why consider moving to Mastodon?

There are several reasons why you might want to consider migrating from Twitter to Mastodon. Here are a few:

  • Decentralization: Because Mastodon is decentralized, it is not controlled by a single entity and is not subject to the same kind of censorship or manipulation as a centralized platform like Twitter.
  • Community: Mastodon has a smaller user base than Twitter, which can lead to a sense of community and intimacy that is often lacking on larger platforms.
  • Content moderation: As mentioned earlier, each Mastodon instance has its own rules and moderation policies, which can lead to a safer and more positive online environment.
  • Features: Mastodon has a number of features that make it a more pleasant platform to use, including the ability to customize your homepage, the ability to block entire instances or users, and the ability to create custom emoji.

How to migrate from Twitter to Mastodon

If you've decided that Mastodon is the right platform for you, here's how to make the switch:

  1. Choose an instance: First, you'll need to choose an instance to join. You can find a list of popular instances at joinmastodon.org. Consider the size of the instance, the language it is in, and the moderation policies when making your decision. Key tip: don't overthink it! It's basically safe to join any popular, established Mastodon server in the fediverse. Just make sure you agree to the posted moderation standards ahead of time.
  2. Create an account: Once you've chosen an instance, go to its website and create an account. You'll need to choose a username and set a password.
  3. Import your Twitter followers: Mastodon has simple third-party tools for importing your Twitter followers. To use it, visit www.movetodon.org and follow the instructions. You'll need to grant Movetodon access to your Twitter account to use this feature.
  4. Install the FediAct Extension and download the Mastodon app for iOS or Android. These make actions within the Mastodon app seamless across all server instances, and remove the confusion around how to take actions like star, follow, etc. in the Fediverse.
  5. Start posting: Once you've set up your Mastodon account and imported your followers, you're ready to start posting. You can post text, images, and video links, just like on Twitter.

Migrating from Twitter to Mastodon can be a great way to escape the noise and toxicity of mainstream social media platforms and find a more positive online community. With its decentralized structure and customizable features, Mastodon offers a unique and enjoyable social media experience. If you're ready to make the switch, follow the steps outlined above to get started.


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