📈 The new social web has reached another milestone: Mastodon passed 3 million users and PeerTube 100k users!📈

Today, the counter at the-federation.info/ shows 3,019,861 #Mastodon and #118,877 #PeerTube users.
#Fediverse (#ActivityPub): 3,340,712
Fediverse (total): 4,367,971

*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!

@christian_zerfass @gerald_leppert Does the Fediverse 'need' to grow? Isn't Mastodon sustainable already, since it doesn't rely on VC funding on the promise of future profits? I really can't follow any more good people ... ;)

@rochelimit @gerald_leppert

Fair enough 😂 so it shall just absorb all the good people which haven't arrived yet 🙂


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.

On the other hand, fedi is really quite weak still. There isn't a huge developer base, for instance. The #activitypub technology base evolves very slowly. #SocialHub community is but tiny.

@christian_zerfass @gerald_leppert


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.


@christian_zerfass @gerald_leppert


@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 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.

Twitter might be quite serious in doing so..
@rochelimit @christian_zerfass @gerald_leppert

@humanetech @rochelimit @christian_zerfass @gerald_leppert interesting - will read up about it... Will be keen to understand why Twitter doesn't just adopt (perhaps for the same reason MSFT created OOXML despite ODF being well established already: fauxpen standards - openstandards.nz/fauxpen-stand )

@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.

@humanetech @rochelimit @christian_zerfass

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