The Mastodon Bump Is Now a Slump (Wired). “Active users have fallen by more than 1 million since the exodus from Elon Musk’s Twitter, suggesting the decentralized platform is not a direct replacement.”
My $0.02: No, it’s not a direct replacement. Mastodon is similar to Twitter, but different, and the differences will become more pronounced over time.
The article notes that traffic went from 380,000 users late last year to 1.4 million by late January. That’s insanely rapid growth!
Two steps forward, one step back still gets you a step ahead of where you were before.