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Mastodon: Find your friends on Twitter

Scroll through Twitter and see the tweets of others who mentioned Mastodon. Many will have a link to their site. Click the “Latest” tab and those results will even be in reverse chronological order. I was able to find a couple of my Twitter friends that way.

There are a few other search terms you can use—some people are using the hashtag #TwitterMigration, for example. Others might spell Mastodon as “Mastadon,” so maybe search for that, too. Make sure to check back in a month or so—assuming this isn’t a momentary thing, more people might create accounts.

There are services that can locate accounts

The above method will probably find most people, but if you’re not satisfied, there are a few services you can try out. Twitodon allows you to log in with Twitter or Mastodon. This will search your Twitter account for any other sign-ins using either service and then provide you with a list. I find it unlikely this service will surface anyone who didn’t paste a link to their Mastodon profile on Twitter, but there’s no reason not to try.

Without ever tweeting, some Twitter users simply add a link from their Mastodon page in to their Twitter bio. Fedifinder will help you locate them. This app scans the profile of every Twitter user you follow and shows you any Mastodon accounts in there, regardless of what server they’re on. I found a couple of people this way—you might too.

Look for other people you like

The sad truth is that most of the people you follow on Twitter don’t have Mastodon accounts right now. That could change, but for now you’ll probably need to find some new people to follow. Good news: There are many ways to accomplish this.

The first thing I’d do is follow the account, which recommends a new person to follow every day. After that, you should check out, which reminds me of Yahoo’s directory back in the late ’90s. You can search an index of accounts that you are interested in following, and this is all it takes. Trunk also offers lists of accounts. There are many interesting accounts I could follow.

Mastodon to me is Linux’s social network. Some people will hear that and think it’s an insult—I mean it as a compliment. Internet has become more corporatized. It’s refreshing to use a service that hasn’t been A/B tested to death—a service that feels more like a tool than a dopamine trap. I’m not going to delete my Twitter account any time soon—I want to keep posting links to my articles—but I do think I’ll shift more of my scrolling time away from Twitter and toward Mastodon. Please consider joining me.

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