Takeover of operation of mastodon.cloud, a Mastodon instance with over 50,000 registered users.

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Kibousoft LLC (Head Office: Yokohama, Kanagawa; Representative: Takayoshi Katsuki) has decided that, as of December 7, 2018, it will take over operation of the mastodon.cloud instance of the decentralized social network Mastodon from its current anonymous operator.

1. What is Mastodon?

Mastodon is a decentralized social network that originated in Germany, used by over 1 million total users worldwide.

Unlike typical, centralized social networks that are operated by a single company, decentralized social networks like Mastodon are composed of several servers managed by different operators.

Each Mastodon server is called an “instance,” with each instance having its own characteristics.

2. What is a decentralized social network?

Decentralized social networks like Mastodon make the contents of their program available as open source software, enabling anyone, whether a business or an individual, to use that program to install and run their own server.

Each server may refer to the posts and user information of other servers, and once a user has registered for one server, they may follow users on other servers (called a “remote follow”).

Mastodon is based on the ActivityPub protocol, an international standard established by the World Wide Web Consortium, and is compatible with other services based on ActivityPub, such as the social network Pleroma, the video sharing service PeerTube, and the photo sharing service PixelFed.

3. What is Mastodon.cloud?

mastodon.cloud (https://mastodon.cloud) is an instance started in France in April of 2017, with over 50,000, mostly overseas, users.

Kibousoft LLC has been providing technical support for mastodon.cloud since June of 2018.

4. What is Kibousoft LLC?

Kibousoft LLC conduct contracted development of smartphone applications and web systems.

Making use of their accumulated knowhow, they operate smartphone instances such as mstdn.jp, and the specialist Mastodon news site Mastodon News.

As an official Platinum Sponsor of Mastodon, they also continue to support the Mastodon development community.