Mastodon: A New Hope for Social Networking - TidBITS

There’s more talking with than talking at by far, and while it’s not always civil—that’s probably neither possible nor fully desirable—there’s a calmness and sense of control not present elsewhere. With nobody stuffing material down your timeline’s throat or constantly urging you to “engage” more, you set the pace for your own experience and curate it more closely to what you want.

I think this quote sums up what I value the most in Mastodon. Other than that, this thorough and comprehensive post by Glenn Fleishman is a great guide to understand and join this wonderful fediverse.