Mastodon is a decentralized social media platform, meaning it is not hosted by a single company or entity. Instead, it is hosted by countless individuals. Think of each Mastodon server as a village. Each village is governed by an admin and (usually) some moderators to enforce their own unique rules decided by the admin. Inside each village, people can freely post things and have conversations within the rules of the village. To join the village, you have to create an account. From that account, you can not only interact with people from your own village, but you can also interact with people from other villages! You can follow them, comment on their posts, or even retweet their posts! It’s like exchanging letters with a person from another village to know how the person is doing. But if you are curious about what’s going on and what discussions are happening in another village, you’ll have to join the other one by creating another account in that other village. That is the biggest difference between Twitter and Mastodon. You’ll have to hop between villages by switching between accounts in order to see all the discussions happening. Whereas Twitter is a big square with everyone in the world standing together and talking to each other at the same time, with the algorithm constantly recommending strangers’ posts to you.