|Original author(s)||Eugen Rochko|
|Initial release||16 March 2016; 7 years ago (2016-03-16)|
4.1.7 / September 5, 2023
4.0.0rc4 / November 14, 2022; 10 months ago (2022-11-14)
|Platform||iOS, Android, Linux, BSD, Sailfish OS, macOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Available in||93 languages|
Each user is a member of a specific Mastodon instance (also called a server), which can interoperate as a federated social network, allowing users on different instances to interact with each other. This is intended to give users the flexibility to select a node whose policies they prefer, but keep access to a larger social network. Mastodon is also part of the Fediverse ensemble of computer servers, which use shared protocols allowing users to interact with other users on computers running compatible software packages such as PeerTube, Friendica, and Lemmy. Mastodon is crowdfunded and does not contain ads.