Open-source decentralized microblogging platform

#3 Product of the DayOctober 06, 2016

Mastodon is a social network based on open web protocols and free, open-source software. It is decentralized like e-mail.

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Bent Stamnes
Bent Stamnes@gloom303 · Real-time Graphics Enthusiast
Just a personal observation on the choice of demo video: Tweetdeck is obviously for Twitter power users, and while this ability to multi-stream is important for them, it has the potential to come across as really messy and convoluted for the masses. Since mass adoption is needed for any kind of traction, I would definitely take a look at crafting a different message when reaching out to them. Those three timelines, scrolling up and down, with no explanation of what we're looking at probably scares more people away than attract them. But hey, that's just my initial reaction :)
Ben Tossell
Ben TossellHunter@bentossell ·
@gloom303 good point! My main use of twitter is only through Tweetdeck so I thought nothing of it. But I am not the majority
David West
David West@dwest_jr · CEO, Proscia
@gloom303 Well said. Put another way, I don't read things in parallel. Most humans don't. Tweetdeck is designed as a dashboard, not a content consumption experience the way Twitter is.
Ryan@ryanamurphy · Ryan Murphy
I mean... how do you even begin to find people? Do we need to talk about UX?
Brendan Baldwin
Brendan Baldwin@brendan_baldwin · software_engineer
@ryanamurphy Agreed. The new user experience here is a total fail.
James Morgan
James Morgan@morgano · Founder, RiskMap
@ryanamurphy feels like they jumped the gun to get the product out the door. Without being able to find people or see what others are posted it's pretty bleak and I can't see it attracting your average joe. Great concept, poorly executed in its current iteration.
Vibhas Goyal
Vibhas Goyal@vibhas77 · Student Developer
@ryanamurphy Yup! Where are the people?
Ryan Marr
Ryan Marr@ryanmarr · Product Manager, FreshBooks
How cool would it have been if everyone who had signed up via product hunt had joined the same channel and we were having this conversation there? Instead, I literally see nothing. I would have clicked publish on a prewritten message that said "I just signed up to mastodon and found it on #producthunt". Product Hunt tag would have given me a place to see all the other hunters who just signed up.
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
This reminds me of Diaspora which made headlines in 2010. As Craigslist has proven, it's incredibly difficult to directly compete with those that have strong network effects (not that Twitter is nearly as awful as Craigslist). Curious to hear your thoughts, @gargron!
Chris Messina
Chris Messina@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
@rrhoover I think this is more like or
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@chrismessina ahh, yes! Good comparison. cc @daltonc
EugenMaker@gargron · Developer, Zeon Federated
@rrhoover As another commenter has mentioned this is using the same protocols (and thus network) as StatusNet (which is nowadays called GNU social). Haven't personally verified it as I know nobody who uses Diaspora but I heard that they're sort of compatible with it too.
Whitney Trujillo
Whitney Trujillo@whitneytrujillo · CEO, Enlist Moms
I'm getting an Ello vibe from this one.