If we do not want, overnight, all our contacts and friendships that we have generated through Twitter to stop being available because the platform has stopped working for whatever reason, and that we are not going to assess, we can follow in the footsteps of millions of users and open an account on Mastodon to later add the contacts we have on Twitter.
How to transfer your contacts from Twitter to Mastodon
The first thing that we must be clear about is that we will only be able to migrate our contacts from Twitter to Mastodon, as long as they already have an account created on this platform, since, otherwise, the only thing we can do is invite them to an account is opened. The platforms we are talking about below are responsible for searching the profiles of the people we follow on Twitter for the link to their Mastodon account, as long as they have indicated it.
TwitodonTwitodon allows us to import the contacts we follow through Twitter by downloading a file in .CSV format from its platform, a file that we must later upload to the Mastodon platform and which will automatically take care of sending an invitation link to all the accounts whose biography shows a link to an account on this platform.
The solution that Movetodon offers us is the simplest of all, but not the fastest, since it is not necessary to download any Twitter file for it to analyze and find the links to the Mastodon profiles that users have included in their biography. . This platform makes requests to Twitter via their API to access that information, some requests that must be spaced out in time to prevent Twitter from blocking access.
Another interesting option that we have at our disposal to find out which of our contacts have an account in Mastodon and indicate it in their biography is Debirdify. This platform invites us to enter the data of our Twitter (only with reading permission so they can publish each on our behalf) to search for the Mastodon or Fediversy accounts that are shown in the user biography and display them in a list from which we can add them to our count of Mastodon.