Mastodon is a social media platform similar to Twitter, but unlike Twitter it is not owned by a single organization. There are no ads, and users are not being tracked. The software is open source, and a new Mastodon site (called an instance) can be set up by anyone.

Mastodon works a little like email. You can sign up on one Mastodon site, and then follow anyone on any other Mastodon sites around the world. Individual Mastodon sites often have a particular focus so you might like to join one that fits your interests. There are regional instances for Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

You can find a Mastodon instance to join here: