It's a nice thought, and hopefully we can do that in the long term. But some part of me is apprehensive about the spec and the leg work it will take to support it.
There are certain unanswered questions, such as "Will ActivityPub support Diaspora's federated privacy controls?"
@maloki It's interesting that a couple of years ago we discussed a generic term for our networks (including #GNUSocial and #PumpIo), and that time I came to conclusion that "Social network" is far better term than "Microblogging". Interesting discussion: https://loadaverage.org/conversation/6782883#notice-6796031
Tip: #AndStatus application can store messages for years, this is why I easily found that conversation ;-)
@archaeme I feel that "equality of service principle" would actually make #Mastodon much like #Twitter: It's also "decentralized" in some sense, because it consists of a multitude of servers distributed globally.
Also, according to some regional laws , personal data of a country citizens should be physically stored on a territory of the country: here we see real data decentralization...
@KARiley40 Try #AndStatus https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.andstatus.app
Maybe it's not as pretty looking as others, but it will allow you to try other Social networks also, and it works offline...
You can even use it as a tool to explore Social networks, joining Search query results from all networks in a single view....
@megver83 Thank you for information about the Yalp Store alternative https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=com.github.yeriomin.yalpstore
#AndStatus Open Source client for Android v.33.06 with Mastodon support is live in Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.andstatus.app
F-droid repository still doesn't have any updates, so if you don't use Google Play, you can get the same package zipped from this page: https://github.com/andstatus/andstatus/issues/456
@izwx6502 Hi, as I'm developing a client application #AndStatus, I guess you mean that your Portaldon services could be integrated with this application via some API?!
BTW some time ago we used a service to discover open GNU Social instances, so AndStatus users could select an instance from a list (provided by that online service) and get all its parameters properly configured. I thought that maybe your online service could do the same for Mastodon instances?!