Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.
Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮
Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.
But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!
Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse
(whispers) Click on the link...
@feditips Some people struggle with this idea of multiple Mastodon servers, but to me, that's much more about how the internet is supposed to work and its great strength - the self healing network running multiple, interlinked systems. I didn't realise it extended beyond that to other services...huge potential to re-democratise the internet...
A newer server operated by the Mastodon gGmbH non-profit