Soooooo – I don't want to spoil this for everyone, but how is federation gonna work if mastdodon.social is the only central hub where people will search for your known handle?
The benefit of a central platform like Twitter is that there can be no other @bascht accounts, once I registered and verified myself. Messages from @bascht and @bascht look indistinguishable to me: https://mastodon.social/@bascht/1583254
The problem probably wouldn't exist if everyone would operate their own GNUSocial instance, which won't happen. It _could_ work if I'd have to verify myself with something like Keybase / a personal domain.
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!