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People were worried when Mastodon went from 20,000 to 500,000 people too. I don't see why you would think 1mil -> 2mil to be any different. I really don't agree with the comments that suggest that Mastodon shouldn't grow.

A lot of folks' fear is that when Mastodon grows it'll absorb bad people. I'm gonna say this. I think even if Mastodon literally grows to the size of current Twitter, the world will be better off overall just because of how Mastodon is structured and what values it represents and what tools it provides for dealing with those problems.

@Gargron #Twitter became evil when its growth necessitated massive investments by venture finance type organizations. The challenge of growth for the #fediverse is going to be trying to spread users over more instances and keeping those instances smaller, instead of having most of them clump together in a few larger instances.

At large enough scale, the larger instances will face exactly the same pressures and choices that Twitter faced. There won't be enough #Patreon funders to sustain that.
" #Twitter became evil when its growth necessitated massive investments by venture finance type organizations."

Or more specifically, when those VCs pushed them to adopt an ad-based model and then IPO.

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Is it even possible for a company to sustain a user-friendly model long term?

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@kelbot @lnxw48a1 If they charge for their product? Definitely. For one example, look at the game companies that just sell a game for $X and don't use microtransactions.

If they don't charge for it? I don't know.

I personally wouldn't mind paying a few dollars a month to use a good Mastodon instance, but it would be a really hard sell for people who expect social media to be free (in other words, almost everyone)

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@lnxw48a1 @kelbot Then again, a monthly fee would lock out people who can't afford it, or are kids and would have to somehow convince their parents to pay for it. That wouldn't be good.