Mastodon, an alternative to Twitter that’s been getting a lot of attention lately, just this week surpassed 1 million monthly active users, while Twitter struggles to deal with the backlash caused by recently announced changes to its platform. is struggling.
On Monday, Mastodon founder and CEO Eugen Rochko announced via a Mastodon post that the social media platform now has “1,028,362 monthly active users across the network today.” The news comes after a particularly tumultuous week (and weekend) for Twitter, when Elon Musk took over the popular microblogging platform just last month.
Musk’s first week at the helm of Twitter saw a huge backlash for a leadership shake-up, a massive layoff, and some of the changes he announced, including charging users $8 per month for BlueCheck . And then the drama snowballed, as it often does on Twitter, but this time there were clearly more policy changes on the platform that were then Musk himself announced,
Going forward, any Twitter handle that engages in impersonation without explicitly specifying “parody” will be permanently suspended.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6 November 2022
For context, around the same time Musk tweeted the above announcement, there were quite a few Twitter users who named their accounts as a way of protesting and mocking Twitter’s latest move to charge for blue checks. Elon Musk”. Verification Badge. Some of these users include actresses Kathy Griffin and V. celebrities such asEllery Bertinelli.
But in the midst of all the drama surrounding Twitter’s acquisition by Musk and so far, the six-year-old social media platform Mastodon, which was essentially born out of its founder’s dissatisfaction with Twitter, has apparently experienced substantial growth. . In fact, Rochko noted in a blog post, when Musk first announced his intention to buy Twitter, that Mastodon was experiencing a surge in new users in early April 2022, and he credits that growth. Social media users seemed to be looking for an alternative. Once there was news on Twitter that Musk wanted to buy it.
And over 1 million monthly active users weren’t the only indicator of Mastodon’s growth. Rochko also noted in today’s Mastodon post that the platform now has 489,003 new users and “1,124 new Mastodon servers as of October 27th.” That date is notable because it is when Musk took over the reins of Twitter.