I am really rather sad about the friends.nico news 😦
As I understand, Dwango has not been doing too well financially and while they have previously expanded into providing various services including a Mastodon server (friends.nico), now they are shutting down all ventures that don't bring revenue
I'm sad because they've got an amazing domain name, super cute elephant drawings, I have spoken to their engineers over video, they invited me to Tokyo (although I didn't go, I attended over teleconference)
@Gargron what happened?
@Gargron Would also like to know what's happened.
@Gargron maybe they could sell it to you
@Gargron Couldn't they fund it via Patreon or so?
@Gargron wait friends.nico is shutting down?! why cant we take it over?
People who had their entire history there will be able to download the archive, but not import it to any other #Mastodon server until then. All of their existing posts will likely be lost on a hard drive, as they'll have to start from scratch on the new instance they will be registering on.
@MirceaKitsune Totally agree! This is one of the reasons I'm not comfortable asking many of my family/friends to join Mastodon. Also, it's harder for me to move over to an instance I'm hosting, since I'll lose many of the followers I have here.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!