I still think I should put an estimated total number of users on joinmastodon.org just to counteract the fact that now the top servers all say stuff like "1k people" and "4k people", but I have no clue where, visually, to put something like "total number of users who you can reach: approx. 1.7 million" (or something to that effect)
Looks like Artstation is next...
I think this also comes up when trying to explain Mastodon or the fediverse to a wider audience. They just have no frame of reference for this kind of stuff. "Where's the app in the App Store?" "Why do I have to choose an instance?" "What the heck's an instance?"
It's just expected that Mastodon is a startup in California somewhere, and it's got millions of dollars of VC money and bus ads saying "get it on the App Store, get it on Google Play." How could things possibly be anyway else?
Ex Edge developer blames Google tricks in part for move to Chromium https://www.onmsft.com/news/ex-edge-developer-blames-google-tricks-in-part-for-move-to-chromium
One political/technical thought for the day: yes, FOSTA-SESTA is responsible for the #Tumblr diaspora, and it's responsible for causing similar harm at other sites. But don't forget that the corporations hosting these sites have been predatory data miners for years, and were never out to protect their users in the first place.
Federated services like Mastodon show us how the Internet should work: smaller servers, run by actual people, that have real privacy controls. #ByeTumblr
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