It’s now up to 18.8K new users this week. For reference, growth was about 1K per week for a long time.
@Gargron I'm starting to get like numerous Google News ads about Mastodon so unsure if it's the algorithm or the popularity or the dearth of signups or a combination of them all but it's real exciting stuff.
@Gargron if let's suppose half of Twitter migrates to mastodon.social, will it be able to handle the traffic?
@stateastic @Gargron half of twitter would be about 65 million users. Mastodon.social has, I believe, about 350 thousand users. So it would be about 200 times the number of people. Also, I think the 350k is total users, not active users, and the twitter number is active users, so probably more like 400 times (just a guess). Anyhow, that’s the beauty of the fediverse. It’s intended to be able to scale out to other instances to handle the load.
@stateastic @Gargron not necessarily. At some point, Mastodon.social might close registrations, but people already on it would still be fine. New people joining the fediverse would need to join other instances. It’s sort of like email. You can be on different instances and still communicate just fine (like we are now).
@Gargron India has taken notice, you might say.
@Gargron thank you for that toot, that is exactly the kind of info. I was looking for :)
@Gargron awesome, I'll send an email
@Gargron I was thinking of moving to my Metalhead.club account, it that helps.
@LibertyBeta oh bump, yea I too wish there was more English content hopefully in future. What languages do you speak though?
@akash English, and I can be yelled at in French and Spanish (wife speaks and teaches both).
@LibertyBeta Ohh, Canadian?
@akash Nope, New Englander.
@LibertyBeta I assume that's in England? I've been misled by such names before lol.
@akash Nope. North East USA.
@LibertyBeta Yep misleading. But sweet, it must be pretty cold in there right now?
@Gargron It is actually pretty hard to choose a Mastadon instance apart from Mastadon.social and MSTDN.io
It is very hard to limit oneself to a single topic or group. I guess this is another Paradox is Choice:
@Gargron in Due Time.
More Mastodon Servers will pop up. It is unrealistic to expect to see the results before the appropriate gestation period. 😂
@Gargron I would like to host the Mastodon instance for my friends and family. Is there a Mastodon AWS (EC2, S3 etc.) guide you can recommend? e.g. blog post, notes etc.
Also, will AWS free tier be enough at the beginning (1-2 users)?
@Gargron A major issue amounting to the less new instances is the somewhat cumbersome Mastodon setup for a new instance.
It would really help if we could provide Mastodon setup guides for common cloud platforms like AWS, GCP, Azure etc.
@mewmew @Gargron @mastohost @rootkea this is a an unhelpful hot take. It certainly does not defeat the purpose. I agree that in a perfect world we should all host our own instance but that is not an option for many people. mastohost is has shown to be very responsive. and also you can move your instance to self hosted later on as long as you own your domain.
@mewmew for that statement to be true, it would require that you couldn’t start a server without masto.host approval.
On a decentralized network each node can fully run without contact with a central authority. Masto.host doesn’t change that.
You can move your instance in and out of Masto.host and the centralization of power is the same as running Mastodon on AWS, Digital Ocean or even if you run your own server you rely on the ISP central network
@mewmew I understand your point but the same would happen if most instances were hosted on Digital Ocean or another hosting provider
So, saying that Masto.host defeats the purpose of decentralization is not very accurate IMO, since I run a small part of the network. Probably there are more Mastodon instances depending on CloudFlare than on me.
@Gargron Do you have any suggestions regarding promoting a server to local residents?
@Gargron when is mobile application coming for mastodon?
There are a number of mobile applications now. I'm using Fedilab for example.
@Clifford thanks mate
@Enthupatani Yes, as soon as I arrive home
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