I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Mastodon, is in fact, Fediverse/Mastodon, or as I've recently taken to calling it, Fediverse plus Mastodon. Mastodon is not a social network unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning Fediverse made useful by the GNU Social interoperability, networking tools and vital system components comprising a full Fediverse as defined by the GNU Social standard.

Many users run a modified version of the Fedivers

@relsqui @kalium_puceon ... like I get the joke but it's way, way too real to laugh at.

@Nentuaby
lol, for a second I even thought it's real.
but who knows, those days are difficult to make clear destinction what's real, what's a joke.
...still hoping that what's real is a joke.
@relsqui @kalium_puceon

@kalium_puceon Made even better by the fact it doesn't even refer to the actual standard.

@kalium_puceon yeah lot of user already know that but if you don't keep quiet new users won't come because they'll think it's overly complex for just sharing cat pictures ;)

@kalium_puceon and even the fediverse isn't all. diaspora* is technically not part of it, and p2p projects like zeronet (very active lately) and secure scuttlebutt / patchwork aren't either.

@kalium_puceon Who started 'gnu social' and when? I never heard of this till now.

@pj gnusocial is the early-2010's attempt at federated social media. It didn't do very well but it was designed so that you could extend instances without losing interoperability and a lot of that got used in the newer federated services. They don't really fully meet spec but it's enough and the joke worked.

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