Never fear, Professor Jared is here! You will learn all about Mastodon, the hot new social networking platform that is exploding in popularity and giving Twitter a run for its money. What makes Mastodon so exciting is it’s not a single commercial service run by a corporation—it’s simply open source software using open protocols that anyone can install on their own server. Just like email isn’t owned by any one company (you can email me and I can email you and we’re not all forced to use Gmail for example), federated social networks allow online messaging and following/follower relationships to work much like Twitter but using the beauty and power of the open web.

Listen to today’s episode to find out how Mastodon ticks, who created it, and why open federated social networks are the best thing to happen to the internet in a long time. And if you aren’t already using Mastodon, now’s the perfect time to sign up on an instance of your choosing and join the thriving “fediverse”.

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