I am not going to discuss here why you should use Mastodon over anything else. There are plenty of discussions everywhere. You are here because you already know you want an account and need a quick start:
- Go here: https://mastodon.au/ You will get a username like @firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click on “Create Account”
- Agree to the terms
- Fill in 3 fields
- Confirm your email address
Done. Start posting.
If you want more details read on:
There is a lot of talk about the apparent (but not real) difficulty of choosing the “right” server for yourself. Before you launch into that consider these points:
An account with ANY of the many Mastodon servers will:
- make your posts visible to ANY users on all Mastodon servers in the “Multiverse”
- enable you to see posts from all accounts on all Mastodon servers
- allow you to change easily to another server at any time. Including your followers
Notwithstanding this you may want to consider, that the choice of your server somewhat fits with your interests. For example if you are not Australian, in Australia or have an interest with Australia perhaps another server would be wise. Simply so your values and interests fit with those of the other users on your server.
The following sites will make the choice of another server easier:
But really. Don’t put too much of an emphasis on which one is right for you. Just sign up with one. Start having fun. Things will work themselves out.