A Respectful Guide to Everything You Need to Know About Mastodon

Mastodon is better than Twitter, but switching to a new app is hard! My guides make using and understanding it easy as baking a pie.

Odin Halvorson
4 min readNov 15, 2022
By Thomas Quine — Mastodon, CC BY 2.0

This article gathers all my tips, tricks, and guides to using Mastodon in one place. From here, you can follow step-by-step instructions for getting started with Mastodon. You can learn about the culture of Mastodon (which is more respectful, far less aggressive, and just way better for your mental health than Twitter). You can learn how to enable two-factor authentication on Mastodon, and learn about why Mastodon is more secure than Twitter.


Hi, my name is Odin. I help people learn to use technology in a way that meets them where they are at.

My favorite thing is helping elderly folks realize the power of their devices and apps, empowering them to make the use of technology that often seems overwhelming.

I’ve also run tech teams for major international conferences during the Covid-19 pandemic, where I helped attendees learn to use the software and have a fun time!

I originally wrote the Compassionate User’s Guide to Mastodon just as Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter went…



Odin Halvorson

A futurist/socialist/fantasist writer, editor, and scholar. MFA/MLIS. Free access to my articles at OdinHalvorson.substack.com | More over at OdinHalvorson.com.