In a bid to elevate the Mastodon experience, Mammoth 2 for Mac, iPhone, and iPad has introduced a groundbreaking feature known as “Smart Lists.” These curated lists, reminiscent of Twitter lists, aim to add a new layer of personalization and curation to the ActivityPub-powered social networking ecosystem.
Smart Lists: Curated Content for Every Interest
Smart Lists function much like the erstwhile Twitter lists, allowing users to curate groups based on shared interests or topics. With Mammoth’s co-founder, Bart Decrem, revealing that there are already a couple of dozen lists available, users can explore everything from “Space” and “Nature” to “Indieweb” and “Queertech.” Each list is meticulously curated by specific Mammoth users.
While the lists provide a solid starting point, Mammoth envisions a future where human curation seamlessly integrates with more automated processes, possibly leveraging AI for post-by-post curation. This strategic move aims to enhance the overall content discovery experience on Mastodon.
Simplified Onboarding: Mammoth’s Vision
Mammoth has consistently aimed to simplify the onboarding process for new Mastodon users. Despite the platform’s improved default process, Decrem acknowledges that selecting a server, signing up, finding connections, and fine-tuning one’s timeline can be a daunting task for some. The Mammoth team believes in delivering interesting content within minutes of user engagement.
Decrem expressed, “You need to give people interesting content within, like, a minute. They have to be doing interesting stuff with it.” In this quest to simplify the user journey, Mammoth explores innovative ways to surface engaging content, drawing inspiration from features like Threads that bring users’ attention to accounts beyond their immediate network.
Subscription Model and Supporting the Community
Mammoth 2 is offered as a free app, but users have the option to subscribe for additional perks. For a fee of $3 per month or $20 per year, subscribers gain access to extra app icons, early previews of upcoming features, and a voice in Mammoth’s product roadmap. The subscription model aligns with Mammoth’s commitment to support the Mastodon and fediverse community.
Decrem emphasizes, “the superpower of Mastodon and the fediverse is that it’s a community, right?” In a nod to community values, Mammoth is open-sourcing its app and pledges transparency in all development initiatives.
Beyond Mastodon: Mammoth’s Ambitious Horizon
Mammoth is not content with being confined to the Mastodon realm. Decrem envisions the app exploring the entire fediverse, including platforms like Pixelfed. The goal is to curate and personalize feeds across different platforms within the fediverse, ensuring a seamless and engaging experience for users.
As Mammoth 2 for Mac, iPhone, and iPad unfolds its “Smart Lists” and continues to innovate, it remains a pivotal player in shaping the future of the Mastodon and fediverse experience. With a commitment to user-centric features, simplicity, and community support, Mammoth is poised to carve its niche in the evolving landscape of social networking ecosystems.