Okay, I am getting questions about who Lance Ulanoff is. Time for some Mastodon history.
Exactly a year ago today, Lance Ulanoff opened his article about Mastodon with this phrase:
"William Shatner couldn't find me on Mastodon.
This was a problem."
That was the day Mastodon became a shatner-proof network.
He concluced his article (titled "Mastodon will never be the next Twitter") with this:
"I suspect thousands of other Tooters (blech!) will soon do the same and Mastodon will lay down beside all other other fossilized social media platforms and fade from existence."
Since then, Mastodon grew to 1,300,000 users and 2,000 servers. This is why people bring him up today.
@Gargron Mastodon doesn't have to be the next Twitter, it has to avoid becoming like Twitter. That will be it main attraction.
Between inaccessibility due to hardware requirements, and technical knowledge. It leads to the concern of more sheep (users) being led by fewer wolves (mods, admins, owners, mass instance hosting)
Blockchains are a linked list containing the hash of the current block's data and the hash of the previous block's data forming a cryptographic chain; it uses storage not (much) energy.
Proof-of-Work is a protocol feature (which uses a lot of energy) for which there are alternatives: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-alternative-strategies-for-proof-of-work
@Gargron but is any single instance ready for Twitter scale? i doubt both that mastodon code is as scalable as of yet, and that mastodon admins can afford to pay for the resources to match traffic
@Gargron Is the number "1,300,000 users" means *registered* users? I remember from your Medium post that "Over 130,000 people were active on Mastodon last week," which I interpreted as 130,000 *active* users.
Just confused because two numbers looked similar (but, of course, vastly different in magnitude.)
@Gargron Hmm I think mastodon has a lot more long lasting power with instances but it will die someday everything does
True. The main difference between Mastodon and other decentrlized aocial networks is that Mastodon is actually picking up stream. Most of the others fizzled out with a small number of users.
Personally, I think the prior ones arrived at a bad time. When #Diaspora was at its most popular, Facebook was a media darling and information about PRISM had yet to reach the public. It faded because there was no "push" away from corporate-controlled social media.
Mastodon is maturing in an environment in which everyone is aware of government spying, Russian election meddling, and scandals involving the abuse of social media account holders' personal information. In that environment, people seek something new and different.
Before the Russia/Cambridge Analytica scandals, it would have been easy to see Mastodon going the way of Diaspora. Those events changed the game. Hopefully, more people will see the benefits of decentralization.
@Gargron Out of curiosity: What will happen when spammers invade mastodon?
(thinking about people/bots who could make @-mentions and #-hashtags useless)
@deeds We have mods. Each server has independent mods. Report spammers if you see them and we'll take care of them
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!