Since last week, Mastodon servers can run on the world-class technology of Threefold, and Mastodon server owners get the tools to organize a paid service easier. That's a big deal.
Instead of paying for a worthless Facebook or Twitter verified badge, people can pay for valuable community building and content moderation. Mastodon server 'owners' can earn money - drip by drip - while serving the world.
Here is a link for deploying a Mastodon server on Threefold.