I’m Jeremy Sarber, a disciple of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Reformed Baptist, funeral home chaplain, member of Grace Fellowship Church, host of Sunday Tapes, and creator of KJV Scripture Journals.

Mastodon’s advantages as a social network

Before launching a Mastodon server at 1689fellowship.com, I knew onboarding the average person would be challenging. We tend to stay with what we already know, and the Mastodon talking points about decentralization, instances, and the fediverse probably intimidate more than attract. While Mastodon is rather straightforward—post updates, connect with people, reply to others—it is different, and most of us don’t like different.

With that in mind, may I share what pretty much everyone will agree are advantages over Facebook, Twitter, and other popular social media platforms?

  1. There are no ads on Mastodon. None. You see only your friends’ posts.
  2. There are no algorithms. None. You see all of your friends’ posts in chronological order.
  3. There is no clutter. (Think of Facebook. When you open Facebook, you see Story” thumbnails, an option to Create room,” birthdays, People You May Know,” advertisements— Wait. Where are my friends’ posts?)
  4. There is no data collection. You are not a product to be sold.

Even if you’re not especially concerned about privacy, the first three points should be enticing enough.