The release of the new version of Mastodon 3.2 which consists of 380 confirmations from 27 collaborators since May 14, 2020. Of the pretty cool changes that are presented, of which we can highlight andl redesign of the interface for sound reproduction, the power send content to other platforms using an external player, among other things.
For those unfamiliar with Mastodon, you should know that this is a free platform for the deployment of decentralized social networks, which allows you to create services in your own facilities that are not controlled by individual providers.
If the user cannot start their own node, they can choose a reliable public service to connect to. Mastodon belongs to the category of federated networks, in which the ActivityPub protocol suite is used to form a single structure of connections.
Basically in a nutshell is a decentralized federation of servers running open source software. This means that users are spread out in different autonomous and independent communities called "instances" (servers) whose network is called fediverso (pun between federation and universe) but still unified through the possibility of interacting with each other.
Its use is free, users post statuses or "toots" of up to 500 characters, or multimedia content, also includes the use of tags and mentions to other users.
Note that the instances can be accessed by the general public or in a limited way according to particular criteria. Thus instances have been created by peculiar affinities such as artists, political fans, social events, or specific topics.
Mastodon is available for HTML5-compatible desktop and mobile web browsers.Graphically it is inspired by TweetDeck, with separate columns for the history of local and federated states. The federated history groups all the public states in the fediverse in a similar way to a social media aggregator.
The source code is distributed under the AGPLv3 license. There is also a static interface for publishing public resources like profiles and statuses.
Data storage is organized using PostgreSQL and Redis. An open API is provided for developing plugins and connecting external applications (there are clients for Android, iOS and Windows, you can create bots).
What's New in Mastodon 3.2
This new version comes with some pretty good changes, of which for example the new interface for sound reproduction is highlighted, as was completely redesigned And now it is possible to automatically extract covers from downloaded albums or assign your own thumbnail images.
While for the videos, In addition to assigning a thumbnail based on the content of the first frame, now there is support to take custom pictures displayed instead of video before starting playback.
Another major change from This new version is for links to video and audio content hosted on Mastodon to other platforms, as the ability to open this content has been added using an external player of the platform used, for example, using twitter: player.
Moreover, we may find that additional account protection has been added. If the user does not have two-factor authentication enabled and has not connected to his account for at least two weeks, then a new attempt to log in from an unknown IP address will require confirmation through the access code sent to the email.
Also when configured to track, block, or ignore attendees, you have the option to link the user to a comment visible only to the addor. For example, a note can be used to indicate reasons of interest to a particular user.
Finally if you want to know more about this new version released, you can check the details in the original post. The link is this.