In the past few weeks, a small percentage of Twitter users have chosen to leave or create new accounts on an alternative social media platform, Mastodon. With over 100K users producing approximately 250,000 posts per day, we've updated our platform to provide full coverage of all public Mastodon content.
What is Mastodon?
Mastodon is an open-source micro-blogging platform with features similar to Twitter. The Mastodon differentiates itself by being a decentralized platform. Nodes on the Mastodon system are independently run; each user is a member of a specific Mastodon instance. However, the Mastodon social network is federated, which means users can interact with each other on the individual instance and other instances.
Search and Discover Mastodon Accounts
Searching for a Mastodon social media account manually takes time and effort. You often have to search individual instances to find an account. For most organizations, manually performing this will not scale. DigitalStakeout Canvass solves this problem and saves analysts hours searching for a Mastodon account. In addition to discovering accounts on Mastodon, DigitalStakeout Canvass will help you discover social media presence across 750+ social networks and websites. Search for accounts on-demand in Canvass or use the DigitalStakeout web presence monitor to create a continuous feed to alert and investigate new account discoveries.
Track What's Being Posted on Mastodon
DigitalStakeout Chatter enables you to search new content from social media, blogs, alt-tech, and dark web chatter with extensive filtering options and coverage on 25 million+ sources. With millions of posts added hourly, DigitalStakeout does the hard work by rapidly collecting public data to make it easy to search and pivot through quickly. DigitalStakeout Chatter has many layers of searchable public content, and Mastodon is now a layer in chatter. Search for Mastodon content on-demand in Chatter or use the DigitalStakeout keyword monitor to create a continuous feed to alert and investigate new content discoveries.
Localize Mastodon Posts with DigitalStakeout Locus
DigitalStakeout Locus enables you to search new content from social media, blogs, alt-tech, and dark web chatter by geo-tagged and geo-inferred tags. With millions of pieces of content added hourly, DigitalStakeout does the hard work by enriching content with a location. DigitalStakeout Locus has many layers of searchable public content, and Mastodon is now a layer in Locus. Search for Mastodon content on-demand in Locus or use the DigitalStakeout location monitor to create a persistent geo-fence to alert and investigate new content discoveries.
About the Mastodon Update
Customers with existing monitors do not have to make any configuration changes.
Web presence monitors will start to include Mastodon account discovery.
Keyword monitors with a Social Media category option selected will aggregate matching public Mastodon content.
Location monitors will aggregate matching public geo-tagged and geo-inferred Mastodon content within geofence boundaries.
About the DigitalStakeout Platform
DigitalStakeout's OSINT platform of expanding data, collection coverage, enrichment option, filtering support, customized alerting, and visualization capabilities enable customers to use DigitalStakeout for numerous security and risk use cases in parallel with no loss of capability or scale. Consolidate OSINT tools and services, adapt to any external risk at the speed of change, and constantly improve your response to external risks, threats, and unforeseen situations.