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Name: Mastodon
Owner/Maintainer: commercial entity
Dates: 2016-present
Type: federated social media
Fandom: multifandom
URL: (main instance)
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Mastodon is a federated self-hosted social network service founded in 2016. It is one of the most well-known decentralised social networks, due to receiving a great deal of attention as an "up and coming" social network in 2017 and 2018. Many fans began experimenting with and migrating to Mastodon in the wake of the Tumblr NSFW Content Purge, as part of the movement towards federated fandom.

Fan Community

Much of the fannish community is located on the instance, hosted and moderated by alis. As per the fan community's intro page:

Inspired by the Great Tumblr Exodus of 2018, is a small instance designed for fans, fandom, fandom content creators, or just people who think the domain name is cool or whatever. As a community, the idea is the recapture the feel of earlier fannish spaces such as pre-Strikethrough LiveJournal, as well as a meatspace fannish conventions.[1]

However, due to the nature of the fediverse, which promotes creating focused, smaller communities instead of large "all-purpose" communities, fans can be found on almost any instance. Other fannish instances include:


  1. ^ welcome page, accessed February 16th 2019