Aral Balkan, who has 22,000 followers on the Fediverse and who recently had a birthday, has written about the influx of people from Twitter. As I’ve found, especially on my personal blog, you can essentially run a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on yourself by posting a link to your blog to the Fediverse. As each server pings it, the server can eventually buckle under the weight.
What follows is a really useful post in terms of Aral’s journey towards what he calls the ‘Small Web’. While I don’t necessarily agree that we should all have our own instances, I do think it’s useful for organisations of every size to run them.
If Elon Musk wanted to destroy mastodon.social, the flagship Mastodon instance, all he’d have to do is join it.
Thank goodness Elon isn’t that smart.
I jest, of course… Eugen would likely ban his account the moment he saw it. But it does illustrate a problem: Elon’s easy to ban. Stephen, not so much. He’s a national treasure for goodness’ sake. One does not simply ban Stephen Fry.
And yet Stephen can similarly (yet unwittingly) cause untold expense to the folks running Mastodon instances just by joining one.
The solution, for Stephen at least, is simple: he should run his own personal instance.
(Or get someone else to run it for him, like I do.)
Running his own instance would also give Stephen one additional benefit: he’d automatically get verified.
After all, if you’re talking to, say, @email@example.com, you can be sure it’s really him because you know he owns the domain.