Mastodon is an innovative open-source and self-hostable microblogging platform similar to Twitter or Tumblr. Its development was started in 2016 by Eugen Rochko and since then Mastodon constantly attracted new users and communities looking for a social environment independent from big company logics and censorship.
Mastodon is not a Twitter clone: by concept, structure and functionalities it is something completely different and much more interesting!
This page is an introduction to Mastodon’s basic concepts and features which you should know to fully understand how Mastodon works. It is structured in independent sections which you can jump to from the Index (see the link in the upper-left side), but it can also be read as a single text.
The site also hosts an Instances search engine that you can use to find the Mastodon instance that best fits your needs.