Open Thinkering


Moving Mastodon instance

This is a short post to say that today I’ve migrated my Mastodon account to Fosstodon. This is an instance of the Fediverse which describes itself in the following way:

Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.

At the time of writing, there are 11.7k accounts on Fosstodon, compared with 529k on which I’m migrating away from after a couple of years. Before that I was a member of

The great thing about the Fediverse is that it’s never a binary decision; you can move between the instances that comprise it when either you change or the something changes with the instance. The wonderful thing about moving between Mastodon instances is that there’s an automated account migration procedure, so you don’t lose followers.

I’ve been considering moving for a while, but someone shared a video today which tipped me over the edge. Watch it, even if you have no idea what I’ve been talking about so far. It reminded me of how much I missed having a ‘local timeline’ of like-minded people and feeling part of a community.

I’ll be settling into my new Fediverse account over the coming days and weeks. Thanks to those who I’ve already been interacting with on Fosstodon via the #100DaysToUnload challenge, I already feel at home!

This post is Day 30 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. Want to get involved? Find out more at

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