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

@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.

@ninmi @er1n

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?

@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.

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