Mastodon

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Mastodon
Social networking, back in your hands
Social networking, back in your hands
URL https://joinmastodon.org/
Status Special case
Archiving status Special case
Archiving type Unknown
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Mastodon is a federated social network which is comparable in functionality to Twitter and part of the Fediverse. Due to the federation, instances are constantly joining the network or disappearing.

As of January 2019, it is not possible to properly migrate an account from one instance to another[1].

Since May 2019, ArchiveTeam has not archived Mastodon or any other Fediverse instances; see the page of the latter for details.

Archival

Instances can be archived reasonably well by starting a recursive crawl from the "about" page, which contains a link to the admin profile. This may not cover the entire instance though. A more complete coverage requires first crawling the API to retrieve a full list of accounts on the instance, then starting a recursive crawl from those. The API as well as the ActivityPub endpoints also offer other ways to obtain a dump of the status data, e.g. by iterating over the public timeline or over the accounts' outboxes; this does not produce (easily) browsable archives but can be accessed much better programmatically.

Mastodon has a built-in feature allowing for automatic post deletion, instancewide [2] or at the behest of individual users [3].

Lists of instances

Dead and dying instances

Other archives or attempts

Outdated instances

Instances that are running old versions of Mastodon are likely to not be properly maintained anymore and may be at risk of disappearing. They are tracked at:

Instance homepage grabs

User:JustAnotherArchivist is regularly running !ao jobs for all known instances' homepages (= "about" pages for current versions of Mastodon) through ArchiveBot based on the instances.social list:

References

  1. https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/issues/177
  2. https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/issues/875
  3. https://infosec.exchange/@Em0nM4stodon/109367449562229972
  4. https://enshittification.social/@Enshittification/112594134173798653
  5. https://www.edps.europa.eu/press-publications/press-news/press-releases/2024/edps-decentralised-social-media-pilot-end-successful-story_en
  6. https://cybre.space/~chr/cybre-space-eol
  7. https://mastodon.lol/@nathan/109836633022272265
  8. https://ashfurrow.com/blog/mastodon-technology-shutdown/
  9. https://snouts.online/@Sapphicgiraffic/105133310163251117
  10. https://snouts.online/@Sapphicgiraffic/105133310163251117
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20191009151917/https://mastodon.dregin.com/about
  12. https://mastodon.dregin.com/@dregin/101841772024992131[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  13. https://mastodon.ie/@dregin/102033888477173336[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  14. https://web.archive.org/web/20190714012148/https://www.bookbeezhive.com/about
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20190811222932/http://www.bookbeezhive.com/
  16. https://www.bookbeezhive.com/@PletchaPJWebb/101982288878668788[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  17. https://berries.space/@mods/102039498886510781[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  18. https://is.nota.live/@ida/102103468237073449[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  19. https://web.archive.org/web/20190506180209/https://waytoo.online/about
  20. https://waytoo.online/@hypirlink/102021347784209856[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  21. https://smusi.ch/@smusi/101844877814629349[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  22. https://mastodon.social/@mastohost/102028765248401685[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  23. https://friends.nico/@friends_nico/101827010188335801[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  24. https://muses.gallery/@giantrobotbee/101954430173985710[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  25. https://prose.zone/@kindness/101936000262244658[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  26. https://humanities.one/@lrhodes/101818106595113336[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  27. https://humanities.one/@lrhodes/101870169333337017[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  28. https://djs.social/@damien/101381657119712906[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  29. https://djs.social/@tipsandtricks/101387593257993357[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  30. https://djs.social/@damien/101549632451437412[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  31. https://web.archive.org/web/20190413170337/https://djs.social/about
  32. https://web.archive.org/web/20190422202227/http://djs.social/
  33. https://lamp.institute/@amy/101860606687776398[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  34. https://web.archive.org/web/20190408175646/https://lamp.institute/about
  35. https://web.archive.org/web/20190413174519/http://lamp.institute/
  36. https://pleasehug.me/@Kirschn/101891650141822033[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  37. https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://mastodon.rocks/@Glenn[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  38. https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://mastodon.rocks/@UBports/with_replies?max_id=101419312194725348[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  39. job:132ttwrv8yg8mxk5hr0d8w73u
  40. https://crt.sh/?id=1003316809[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  41. https://crt.sh/?q=mastodon.rocks[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  42. https://web.archive.org/web/20190115160206/https://mastodon.rocks/about
  43. https://ilovela.in/@tA/101404667036176695[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  44. https://twitter.com/ThreddyTheTrex/status/1083482118095687681[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  45. https://mastodon.xyz/@MrJimmy/101391264142311165[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  46. https://web.archive.org/web/20190107100851/https://theboss.tech/[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  47. https://web.archive.org/web/20181112130414/https://theboss.tech/about[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  48. https://webdev.network/@akmur/101259121075585625[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  49. https://unixcorn.xyz/@unixcorn/100661126190416872[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  50. https://www.whois.com/whois/bofa.lol[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  51. https://web.archive.org/web/20180905070653/https://bofa.lol/about
  52. https://witches.town/@TheSupreme/99790692010452099[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  53. https://hiveway.net/@hiveway/99637137678915164[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  54. https://framapiaf.org/@franckridel/99466298851989160[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]
  55. https://web.archive.org/web/20170615132342/https://fern.surgeplay.com/about/more
  56. https://mastodon.social/@bkeej[IAWcite.todayMemWeb]

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