Elon Musk's decision to buy Twitter for almost $44 billion unintentionally (or not) led to side effects as many users deactivated their accounts to voice their protests.

And it seems many of those who left the social network have now found a new safe harbor in Mastodon, a self-hosted social network, as the project's Founder Eugen Rochko notified users there were twice as many people using it at the same time as Mastodon ever had:

Hi! mastodon.social is being slow right now, as far as I can tell because there's twice as many people using it at the same time as ever have;

According to reports, the traffic was so high that the Mastodon team even had to delist mastodon.social group from the list of communities new users can join upon sign-up. Later, Rochko said the team had fixed the speed issue with the mastodon.social server:

I'm stressed out. I just want to play Dota. But I realize this is a kind of 'do or die' moment.

Although Rochko didn't give the number of newcomers, the Guardian's report indicates there might be a big influx as Taylor Swift’s Twitter account alone lost 15,000 followers in 48 hours after Musk bought the microblogging giant.

Mastodon is open-source software that allows users to run self-hosted social networking services. The project was first released in 2016 as an alternative to Twitter. Mastodon's architecture makes each user a member of a specific instance, allowing users to interact with each other on different nodes.

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