📈 The new social web has reached another milestone: Mastodon passed 3 million users and PeerTube 100k users!📈
*But* please be aware: The Fediverse has to grow faster! Currently, it just keeps its level of monthly active users (#MAU) in a year-to-year comparison:
-0.2% Mastodon at currently 444,951 MAU
+2.7% Fediverse 493,924 MAU
Your question is a very valid one, though: Does #fediverse *need* to grow.
One the one hand I think it doesn't, and it is even a quality of this social fabric that it doesn't pursue growth as a metric for success.
Will fedi stagnate if devs jump ship, if a better, shinier #decentralization tech comes along?
--> we might become the 'bulletin boards' of social. Left behind.
Will fedi keep its identity and culture if right now a big tech player decides to adopt the technology and make it their own?
--> we might become the 'corporate fedi' with all the same nastiness of mainstream social media.
@humanetech @rochelimit @christian_zerfass @gerald_leppert VC /corporate investment is generally dependent on exclusivity/market capture. The Fediverse more or less exists to make that capture impossible. I don't expect we'll see a lot of corporate adoption of decentralisation it dilutes their potential for control. We've even seen Jack @ Twitter pledge to create a new "standard" for microblogging... I don't believe he even mention #ActivityPub although he *must* know about it.
The Twitter Bluesky report recently published does contain an investigation of the decentralized technology landscape, that also features #activitypub
I am also not so certain about the inability of Big Tech to decentralize in such way where they stand to benefit. Especially if they are able to potentially throw billions of $$$ to ensure their leading role.
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