something really heckin cool: popular posts on mastodon/the fediverse routinely get numbers like this. this is really fucking giant for a network that people have said is dying at least three or four times

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@er1n The most toxic thing for Mastodon/Fediverse is the all the people who spread this idea that it's a ghost town. We could be expanding even faster if people stopped spewing such kneejerk bullshit. It doesn't have Kanye West, but it's a hell of a lot more social here. More decentralized projects need to utilize decentralization better like Mastodon does.

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On the other hands, this means we get fewer authoritarians and more curious people who don't automatically believe what they're told.

Seems like a win, to me.

Why do we need to be huge?

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Agreed! I'm enjoying the calm nonTwitterness of it all!
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@woozle @er1n We don't need to be huge, I'm already enjoying this place as it is. So much that I've had to cut back. But the beauty of the fediverse is that you can still be as small a community as you want to be. You can still form that small elite club and have your own timeline there, even if the whole world joins the fediverse overnight.

@woozle @ninmi @er1n Yah I think there is an opposite effect of the network effect where the smaller and more out of the way an online community is the more interesting and friendly people it attracts. I mean I want masto to be successful but when I stop and think about it, it already is.

@Alonealastalovedalongthe @ninmi @er1n

Call it the "niche effect".

Mastodon should be full of niches. The present structure helps this a little, but more could be done. (Wasn't Gargron talking about adding something equivalent to Groups / Communities a few months back? If he's not going to do it, someone should.)

@woozle @Alonealastalovedalongthe @er1n I do still believe the current direction is the right one. Instances themselves are branded and function as communities. This not only heavily encourages decentralization, but gives it more tangible meaning.
You're right about there being more to be done, and I think a good place to start is education towards running your own Mastodon/Pleroma/whatever else server.

@dumpling @er1n I don't really know Kanye, but I'd like to have some of the bigger twitter accounts I follow over here as well.

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@er1n
That makes sense. I might be in the minority... I like the relative lack of social media influencers and celebrities here. *points to hole dug in garden to avoid latest royal wedding coverage*

@dumpling @er1n Yeah, I do get that. My own priorities lie more on the benefit of having no for-profit central ownership and control for social interaction.

@dumpling @ninmi @er1n It'd be nice if "influencers" just went back to posting anonymously and being part of the crowd instead of hiring of working their butts off trying to build "brands."

There's a few, obscure scholars of Japanese literature who I do miss from Twitter, but no big-name celebs.

@ninmi @er1n this place is BETTER THEN TWITTER! I live it here if others say shit about Mastodon then so be it.

@ninmi @er1n kanye not being on Mastodon is the whole point. Livejournal didn't have Kanye.

@ninmi @er1n 100% I’ve been on here for less than a week and already have more meaningful exchanges than my years of twitter.

I don’t miss Kanye West.

@ninmi @Gargron @er1n Maybe I hold an unpopular opinion, but I kind of like that Mastodon is still small enough to actually be a social place. It seems like size cuts that down.

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