“Mastodon and Koo” attract Twitter users; How do these social media platforms work?

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Many Twitter members have defected to other social media networks since billionaire Elon Musk officially took over the company. The two platforms that have benefited the most are Koo and Mastodon. Apparently, Mastodon, a decentralized, ad-free social networking site, currently has 655,000 users, with a huge influx of 230,000 in the previous weeks alone.

Mastodon, which was created about six years ago, resembles Twitter in looks and functionality, but differs from it in several important ways. Mastodon is not controlled by a single person or company, unlike other social media sites. Decentralization allows the creation of private networks using servers located in several countries. Visit the Communities page on Mastodon and select a community to join in order to start using the service. In some cases, anyone can join, and in others, an admin-approved server invite is required.

However, one of the worst criticisms of Mastodon is that the site administrators forbid anyone who dares to voice disagreement with their beliefs. The platform would be run by left-wing moderators, as right-handers have often claimed. Mastodon is the global alternative to Twitter, but Koo, an Indian version of the service, is making headlines again. Last week, the Indian social media startup reported crossing 50 million downloads. The company also mentioned a noticeable increase in time spent and engagement with the app. Ten languages ​​are currently supported.

Koo’s logo is a bird, much like Twitter’s, but it’s yellow. It allows users to comment using the @ or hashtag (#) symbols. The program also gives users the option to chat rather than send a direct message using Koo’s equivalent of a retweet, or “re-koo”. Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka, both MBA (Business Management) graduates, formed Koo Company. The two also founded Vokal, an audio-video knowledge-sharing website that resembles Quora.

Ever since Musk said Twitter would charge $8 for the blue check verification symbol, some users have raised concerns, according to WION. The news of a premium membership seems to be the deciding factor for many users who were considering leaving the network after Musk’s takeover. The rollout of Musk’s paid membership plan, according to a number of sources, was delayed until after the US midterm elections.

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