In this week's episode I talk about Mastodon - a new open source social network which is growing fast and taking on Twitter.

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How Mastodon usernames work

As mentioned in the show you can register in any of the 850+ instances. Within each Mastodon instance, usernames just appear as @username, similar to Twitter. Users from other instances appear, and can be searched for and followed, as @user@instancename.ext.

So for example, my username is @ajaykarwal on the instance can be followed from other instances as When you’re not logged in, the easiest way to find a user is to rearrange the full username into a url like

It’s a little confusing at first but it makes sense. It’s a bit like email. You sign up on a particular email service but you can contact anyone on any email service via their username and domain.

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