Please direct your friends to joinmastodon.org or another instance of your choice like octodon.social, toot.cat or toot.cafe, etc. mastodon.social is "default" choice for a lot of people and it's getting kinda hammered right now.
@ryanlittlefield Right now I'm bottle-necking on my media storage server. It's really Big, 6TB drive, but its ARM CPU is dying under the current load. I have funds to purchase a better one or switch to another service, it's just a matter of annoyingly bothersome devops (moving 412GB of files?)