Seeing as we have so many new users the past few weeks, let me mention that development of Mastodon and hosting of mastodon.social is not funded by venture capital or ads, but through crowdfunding:
And for certain tiers of support, your name or your company's logo is listed on our sponsors page:
Co-Founder of the Internet,
Keypunch Operations Supervisor,
Former Ice Cream Truck driver,
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!