There’s been a noticeable influx of people to the Fediverse over the last few days due to Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.
What I find really interesting are three things:
- Those arriving inevitably compare five year-old, federated, open-source software developed mainly by two people with a fifteen year-old publicly-traded company. The fact that they’re even comparable is frankly amazing, if you think about the money poured into Twitter over the years.
- Some people already on the Fediverse seem to think they have to act differently and/or take time to explain all of the things to people arriving from Twitter. I’m not sure that’s necessary. People learn by watching, imitating, and practising.
- There’s plenty of people (including me, I guess, to some extent) who are keen to point out that they’ve been around on the Fediverse for quite a while, thank you very much.
There are, of course, many more compatible federated social networks than just Mastodon. Check out fediverse.party!
“Funnily enough one of the reasons I started looking into the decentralized social media space in 2016, which ultimately led me to go on to create Mastodon, were rumours that Twitter, the platform I’d been a daily user of for years at that point, might get sold to another controversial billionaire,” he wrote. “Among, of course, other reasons such as all the terrible product decisions Twitter had been making at that time. And now, it has finally come to pass, and for the same reasons masses of people are coming to Mastodon.”