I just realized my first encounter with Mastodon was 4 years ago when I signed up for a Counter Social account.
I had never heard about Mastodon previously & did not know about it then (this year is the first time I heard about Mastodon & the Fediverse).
I did sign up for a Counter Social Pro account & it seems to be partially Federated (you can look into it but not connect or follow accounts). I am https://counter.social/@darnell over there for what it is worth.
@darnell I found your counter.social account but I couldn't see any posts. Just out curiosity, I tried to follow it. Did that work? Since their goals are:
> No Trolls. No Abuse. No Ads. No Fake News. No Foreign Influence Ops.
... I guess it's not surprising if their interaction with the rest of the 'verse is fairly limited ;)
@strypey I tried following myself (as a test) but Counter.Social does not allow interactions outside of the domain.
That said it is a great group to interact with. The current theme right now is pirates 🏴☠️!
I did some reading on the counter.social site. Turns out they had a bit of a spat with @Gargron over their geoblocking, and got instance blocked by mastodon.social and other instances who follow his blocklist. So they forked Mastodon and stripped out the federation code.
I also did a search for the evil Mastodon instance full of trolls called Truth Social. Fortunately, their server never showed up! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
I wonder if troll social is blocked via the app settings‽
Just a personal instance of Mastodon that is intended for one person. :-)