13: Mastodon’s Moment
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Never fear, Professor Jared is here! You will learn all about Mastodon, the hot new social networking platform that is exploding in popularity and giving Twitter a run for its money. What makes Mastodon so exciting is it’s not a single commercial service run by a corporation—it’s simply open source software using open protocols that anyone can install on their own server. Just like email isn’t owned by any one company (you can email me and I can email you and we’re not all forced to use Gmail for example), federated social networks allow online messaging and following/follower relationships to work much like Twitter but using the beauty and power of the open web.