I've been hearing about Mastodon for a while and I'm willing to try it out. Last night I learned that you can't keep your identity should an instance be shut down, which I am not a fan of. I was thinking maybe someone could build something on top of git, where as you gpg sign all your commits (messages/replies) and you can refer to them across repos (instances) and your gpg key *is* your identity. The biggest hurdle is probably user experience around key management. Like Bitcoin.

@LarryBitcoin I agree, and also the privacy and security we have here is only as good as the instance on which your data resides (plus some quirks for "public listed toots"). I.e should mastodon.social be hacked i would have my data leaked, and i 'm not sure it is as good/safe as twitter at the moment.

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@LarryBitcoin a possible solution is to make a business around securing mastodon instances and have the users pay for that (bitcoin?). IMO is still better than selling user's private data.

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@MrHodl @LarryBitcoin me too! Another consideration on the security model of the federation: how to deal with VIP accounts (i.e D.Trump)? Those have a huge incentive to be hacked and probably a "standard" instance wouldn't be secure enough. Luckily the VIP account can set up its own instance with its own security in place.

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