You can find local Mastodon instances around the world using the "Mastodon Near Me" project at:
Click on map icons to see more details about local instances.
You can add instances via the project's git at https://github.com/jazmichaelking/mastodon-near-me or by messaging the project's leader at @jaz
The official Mastodon website has a list of instances sorted by topic:
All of the instances listed promise reliable servers and responsible moderation (see https://joinmastodon.org/covenant for details).
There are thousands more instances out there beyond this list, but this list is probably the safest starting point.
Don't worry if you pick the wrong instance, because you can move your Mastodon account from one instance to another. If you move, you can take your followers, follows and additional data with you.
Here's how to take your followers to your new instance:
Here's how to take your follows, mutes, blocks etc to your new instance:
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