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title: "What's cool in Mastodon 2.6.0" title: "Mastodon 2.6 released"
subtitle: "Highlights from the changelog"
date: 2018-10-31
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author: gargron author: gargron
categories:
- New Features
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- mastodon
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The new version of Mastodon has improved visuals, a new way to assert your identity, and a lot of bug fixes. Here are the most important changes from the [full changelog](https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v2.6.0):<!-- more -->
### Verification ### Verification
Verifying identity in a network with no central authority is not straightforward. But there is a way. It requires a change in mindset, though. Twitter teaches us that people who have a checkmark next to their name are real and important, and those that don't are not. That delegates a lot of the decision making to Twitter, the authority. Without a central authority, that decision making cannot be delegated. So, how does identity verification work on Mastodon? Verifying identity in a network with no central authority is not straightforward. But there is a way. It requires a change in mindset, though. Twitter teaches us that people who have a checkmark next to their name are real and important, and those that don't are not. That delegates a lot of the decision making to Twitter, the authority. Without a central authority, that decision making cannot be delegated. So, how does identity verification work on Mastodon?
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### Direct messages remaster ### Direct messages remaster
The direct messages functionality of Mastodon has been remastered. You can now browse your direct messages grouped by conversations with specific people and conversations you haven't opened will be highlighted, just like you would expect from other services. The direct messages functionality of Mastodon has been remastered. You can now browse your direct messages grouped by conversations with specific people and conversations you haven't opened will be highlighted, just like you would expect from other services. This should make keeping up with important messages easier.
### In-stream link previews ### In-stream link previews
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bin/tootctl accounts backup alice93 bin/tootctl accounts backup alice93
You get the idea! Everything except `mastodon:setup` has been moved from the `rake` interface to the `tootctl` interface. You get the idea! Everything except `mastodon:setup` has been moved from the `rake` interface to the `tootctl` interface. Use `bin/tootctl --help` to browse the available commands and their documentation!
### Conclusion
**To get started with Mastodon, you can [sign up for free here](https://mastodon.social/about) or [here](https://mastodon.cloud/about), or dive into the deep end of choice [by browsing the list of servers here](https://joinmastodon.org/#getting-started). Or, [use the bridge tool to find where your Twitter friends are](https://bridge.joinmastodon.org) and sign up there.**
### Other As always, huge thanks to [everyone who contributed to this release](https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v2.6.0), to [everyone who sponsors](https://joinmastodon.org/sponsors) the project on [Patreon](https://patreon.com/mastodon), and to everyone who uses the network! 🐘
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