I've run some calculations based on questions. Unfortunately, no easy way for me to get this information for the entire fediverse, but based on the mastodon.social database:

25% of users post in English
6.5% in Japanese
3.7% in French
3.6% in Spanish
2.7% in Russian
2.4% in German

Notably, 71 users post in "squeak"

According to @TheKinrar's instances.social service, 162,776 people were active on Mastodon in the first week of 2019 (22,459 on mastodon.social)


I want to experience Mastodon at 1 million active users (6x more than now)

@Gargron What do you want Mastodon to be when there are that many users here? I mean, whats your vision for how a big mastodon operates?

I'd love to see more people making their own spaces and stepping out of .Socials and I'd love more poets to come here.

@CorvusRobotica The same as now, just bigger. For example, I think if every other server grew to the size of mastodon.social, while mastodon.social stayed the same, we'd be close to the goal.

@Gargron @CorvusRobotica I really like to be part of a small instance. I think both big and small instances has value in different ways.

@CorvusRobotica @Gargron im looking for a place to post my poems, know a good instance?

@CorvusRobotica I was thinking about too hehe, but registrations are closed and I have no invite xD. Maybe ill try to find one when I finish exams

@Gargron We want too !

Shall we start a crowdfounding to buy an ad ?

@Gargron I know there are some famous french websites we should be able to sell a "positive" ad.
There must be german, italian, whatever, websites too

@dada Feel free to give me a list of those sites

@dada @Gargron I'm not convinced advertising is the way to go. On the contrary, I would say that it is contrary to the spirit of decentralization.

I am way more interested in a peer-to-peer campaign to invite people to as many instances as possible. Coordinating the messages, leaving space for individual instance creativity, and relaying these messages to non-federated networks would IMO create a sense of belonging and demonstrate a capacity to step aside of the dominant system.

To insist on this point (no ads needed) I want to quote @Gargron from an interview last July:

"Word of mouth beats everything in terms of getting people on board, and getting people on board is good for all of us — as they say, a network is only as good as the amount of people you can talk to through it."


@dada @Gargron in spain birdsite users such as barbijaputa tried to move people to GNU social earlier, but they failed to do so, sadly

@thoughtcrime @dada No surprise, GNU social does not have much appeal

@Gargron @dada yep, but I think it was way back, like, before mastodon and the fediverse had even been invented

@Gargron @dada sad thing is, she didnt even keep her account active (she is kinda an influencer on twitter). If she really meant for people to make the change, she could at least use an automatic repost tool or sth

@Gargron I have no doubt it will get there eventually, even if it will likely be over an year from now. To my knowledge has almost everything it needs for most to choose it over ... some important features are still missing but I'm sure they'll be addressed this year.

@Gargron Just remember the main reason why many can't switch away from is the "everyone I know is on there" problem; Not everybody can convince their friends and relatives to come with them to and don't want to lose touch. Also they can't bring their existing post history over.

@MirceaKitsune @Gargron true but they might eventually get tired of the clutter and ads on facebook 😊

My strategy is to let them know about these alts and post all the benefits of them every once in a while so they can see for themselves.

Pixelfed is working on an instagram import feature so that may be enticing

@Gargron do youmean just on mastodon or including every activityPub platform?

@Gargron that would be amazing. One nice thing about not being in the surveillance industrial complex is that we don’t HAVE to grow. We should def be proud of 100k+ actives just on its own.

@Gargron It took Twitter 2 years to hit 1 million. Considering you don't have any of the seed money they did, I'd say Mastodon is doing pretty damn well.

@Gargron How do you count the user base? Just mastodon.social, the entire Fediverse, just people on Mastodon instances?

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