Ride the Mastodon

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Looking to expand your network and connect with educators, find tools, problem solve, and share even more on social media? Mastodon could be an additional option to explore. But what is it? And what does this free and open source software (FOSS) offer educators? 

Let’s look at how to get started with Mastodon and go over some tips along the way.

Quick Start Guide

@edtech@chirp.social #Education #EdTech

Tips for Newcomers & Apps to Use

Android App

After you create your Mastodon account on your computer, use a smartphone app to interact with your Mastodon instance.

While there are many apps, I'm recommending these two apps for you to start with. Both are free and available at no-cost.

iOS App

Introduce Yourself

Unlike Twitter, Mastodon lacks an algorithm to throw content at you. This is great because there isn't any advertising except what others post. It also means that you must use hashtags to make it easy for people to find you. If you are into education, use hashtags that reflect your interests.

Here’s a short list of a few you can include, although the sky is the limit:

Customizing Your #Introduction

Be sure to add a pic, short bio, and lots of hashtags (#Education) that describe your interests to your profile. You can see my example above. Finally, write a short #introduction.

Did You Know?

You can't post animated GIFs with the stock Mastodon app. Instead, use one of the apps below AND install the Gboard GIF Keyboard. It is available for iOS and Android. The animated GIFs come from Tenor GIFs and Sticker website

Glossary Terms

Bookmarklet: A bit of code you add to your browser (drag-and-drop) so that you can share webpages you are reading with others via your Mastodon account. Read tutorial.

Domain Block List: A list of blocked domains that have been found to send out spam. You can import or add a list of blocked domains to your Mastodon account so you can block unwanted spam or attacks from others. Read this short "tootorial."

Federated: The fediverse is an ensemble of federated servers that are used for web publishing and file hosting, but which, while independently hosted, can communicate with each other. On different servers, users can create so-called identities.

Fediverse: A non-centralized network of loosely joined web servers that offer a variety of services. Mastodon is but one of the many types of services you will find in the Federated Universe (or fediverse for short).

Following List: A list of the people you are following. This list can be added via a CSV upload, or manually one by one. Read this short tootorial for instructions on importing an educator list.

Instance: This term refers to a server that runs a copy of Mastodon software, not unlike a Moodle instance or Wordpress instance. You can also think of a Mastodon instance as a self-governed community, each with its own set of rules and guidelines, some more strict than others.

Mastodon: The software that runs on a web server that makes this social media, or social networking, solution work.

Post: Previously known as a "Toot," this is what a post you make is called. The act of posting is also known as "tooting" or "publishing."

Tootorial: A portmanteau of the words "toot" and "tutorial." It is a tutorial about Mastodon topics.

More Tips

Want more tips? I've organized a series of tutorials you can take advantage of:

Video Tutorials