Mastodon is a Free Software, decentralized, global Social Media network. Unlike the other major ones, it is not a part of the Attention Economy, and generally has no ads.

In How to Join the Fediverse and Cast Off the Attention Economy, I write about how to get started with Mastodon and why it makes sense.

Mastodon and other projects that use ActivityPub for federation are said to form the Fediverse.


This started out at a post on my blog. This edited version is intended to be kept more up-to-date.

The loose, decentralized confederation of non-profit Social Media sites such as Mastodon, Pixelfed, and PeerTube. They all use ActivityPub for federation.

This started as a post on my blog. This edited version is intended to be kept more up-to-date.

Profiting from convincing (or, perhaps more accurately, “manipulating”) people to pay attention. Big Social Media sites like Facebook are part of the attention economy: you pay nothing to use the site. In fact, you are the product; they sell your attention to advertisers, and therefore design their product to maximize their profits by manipulating you to spend more time on the site.

Technology that supposedly is designed to connect people to each other. Facebook, Twitter, and maybe Youtube are examples.

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