Ever since Twitter CEO Elon Musk took over the social media platform, users have flocked to alternatives like Mastodon to see if they could be suitable replacements for Twitter.
Users have moved for a variety of reasons, such as Twitter’s Blue subscription service being available for $8 / £7 / AU$9 (opens in a new tab) and offering Blue Ticks to subscribers, before they are hastily removed after a few days, and an increasing number of bugs plaguing users, such as app crashing and images refusing to load, making it I’ve been experiencing lately.
Hive (opens in a new tab) It has recently been promoted as another alternative, which looks like a cleaner version of the official Mastodon app, and comes with some cool extra features, like the ability to add music to your profile. However, there is something about the Mastodon community that makes me go back to that social media platform and try out the different third-party apps the developers have been working on to make it more user-friendly.
However, while Mastodon is more welcoming to new users, there are still three features it needs to implement quickly to be Twitter’s successor, before another platform like Hive overtakes it.
1. Redesign and rename ‘Servers’
While it has become easier to log in and register to a Mastodon server, by using the term ‘Server’ Mastodon is in danger of alienating a lot of new users as it can sound too ‘techy’ or complex.
Instead, the team could call it “Communities” and perhaps have new users automatically join one so they can try out the service. This ‘Community’ feed could show new accounts how to use Mastodon, while also allowing existing users to share tips and advice with newcomers.
Users want to connect with each other without much effort, and Mastodon still requires a lot of this, and that needs to change quickly.
2. Add some color and shine
Currently, Mastodon’s design is too sharp, too angular, and too dark. If you switch to dark mode in the official app, it’s almost a carbon copy of Twitter, especially with the icons.
I want to see ways to customize the user experience on Mastodon by allowing users to change fonts and colors, similar to how Bebo, a 2008 social platform, would allow it.
This would give Mastodon a lot more personality, as users would be able to design and share their profiles with others. It would also be a nice break from the rather boring Twitter profiles that all look the same.
3. Make it fun
We use these apps not only to keep in touch with family and friends, but also to have fun.
Mastodon lacks this at the moment, and for youngsters that could be a problem. For example, if images in a post don’t load (which I’ve noticed has happened frequently), Mastodon ends up looking pretty plain and boring, which might put a lot of people off.
Let’s look at some new features to better differentiate you from Twitter, Discord, and Hive, like the ability to edit posts or ways to choose different fonts and colors to make what you share really stand out.
Other than Twitter Spaces, there isn’t much difference between Twitter and Mastodon once you get past the login screen, and that needs to change to attract a group of new users who are tiring of Musk on an almost daily (and growing) basis. chaotic). ads on Twitter.