Mastodon is another example of a smaller site gaining from Twitter’s loss. Having been founded in 2016, the open-source software has seen a spike in active users, seeing an increase of almost 1.7 million users in the past month. So, what does Mastodon offer as an alternative for its newfound userbase? Whilst the software uses a similar blogging feature to Twitter, capping off at 500 characters a post, it offers this feature through the medium of servers, offering a decentralised network for users to browse through and tailor to their own interests. The decentralised nature of the software means there isn’t one overarching owner, which could create its own issues. As messages lack encryption, server moderators have access to users’ private messages should they wish to view them. Moreover, the software lacks a verification process, making imitation and troll accounts easier to make and maintain, calling into question whether Mastodon’s recent increase in users will have longevity.