📈 The new social web has reached another milestone: Mastodon passed 3 million users and PeerTube 100k users!📈
*But* please be aware: The Fediverse has to grow faster! Currently, it just keeps its level of monthly active users (#MAU) in a year-to-year comparison:
-0.2% Mastodon at currently 444,951 MAU
+2.7% Fediverse 493,924 MAU
Congrats for reaching the milestone, keep going for the future!
Your question is a very valid one, though: Does #fediverse *need* to grow.
One the one hand I think it doesn't, and it is even a quality of this social fabric that it doesn't pursue growth as a metric for success.
Will fedi stagnate if devs jump ship, if a better, shinier #decentralization tech comes along?
--> we might become the 'bulletin boards' of social. Left behind.
Will fedi keep its identity and culture if right now a big tech player decides to adopt the technology and make it their own?
--> we might become the 'corporate fedi' with all the same nastiness of mainstream social media.
@humanetech @rochelimit @christian_zerfass @gerald_leppert VC /corporate investment is generally dependent on exclusivity/market capture. The Fediverse more or less exists to make that capture impossible. I don't expect we'll see a lot of corporate adoption of decentralisation it dilutes their potential for control. We've even seen Jack @ Twitter pledge to create a new "standard" for microblogging... I don't believe he even mention #ActivityPub although he *must* know about it.
The Twitter Bluesky report recently published does contain an investigation of the decentralized technology landscape, that also features #activitypub
I am also not so certain about the inability of Big Tech to decentralize in such way where they stand to benefit. Especially if they are able to potentially throw billions of $$$ to ensure their leading role.
@humanetech @rochelimit @christian_zerfass @gerald_leppert interesting - will read up about it... Will be keen to understand why Twitter doesn't just adopt #ActivityPub (perhaps for the same reason MSFT created OOXML despite ODF being well established already: fauxpen standards - https://openstandards.nz/fauxpen-standards )
@lightweight "Corporate adoption of decentralisation" is such a big word. While I agree that social media companies like Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, Microsoft/LinkedIn are unlikely to wholeheartedly adopt decentralized networks/protocols, other corporate players might think different. Traditional media have a big problem with centralized services. Organisations and public services, too, e.g. due to privacy concerns. Other companies might do as well.
@tchambers @humanetech @rochelimit @christian_zerfass @gerald_leppert I want the fediverse to grow cause I believe it is the best option we have right now to fight against many problems in the world right now that are made possible by facebook having a damn monopoly on the digital communication of almost everyone
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