@kemonine Not that big a surprise. MIT isn't only a school of or for technologists. They undoubtedly made a decision about what would be most readily accessed and adopted by the widest swath of students, faculty and staff.
That said, I strongly suspect there have been GNU Social nodes running on MITs networks for some time now, and, if so, that they aren't likely going away any time soon.
@kemonine I suggest MastoView to see it :) http://www.unmung.com/mastoview?url=mastodon.mit.edu&view=local
I kinda figured others had heard about this already. ^_^ But it's nice to see my own first (unspoken) thought about it wasn't only my own!
I don't suppose it's possible to "Follow" a whole instance without making oneself a whole other account in that instance. Ah well.
Thank you so much for this advice! That's one of the greatest things about Mastodon users: a kind willingness to share knowledge and to help one another.