Just four days ago I pulled this data about Mastodon instance user counts.
Since then the user count of a typical instance has grown about 10%.
Ten percent more people here. In just four days.
We'll see if this wave flattens soon, or if this is just the beginning.
But no wonder it's felt quite wild here this week.
Public registrations are open *for now*. We'll see what happens and if the registrations should be limited at some point.
The Finnish Left Party (Vasemmistoliitto) just announced their new logo. My first reaction was ”twitter for commies”.
Which is, like, Mastodon?
English: "Toot" – well that's whimsical, I kinda like it.
German: "Tröt" – Oh no all the cringe pls stop
Changing random stuff until your program works is "hacky" and "bad coding practice", but if you do it fast enough it's "Machine Learning" and pays 4x your current salary.
FOLLOW-UP: It's been a day since I tooted this, and this has been boosted 53 times and favourited 44 times. So I guess there could be enough of interested people for this kind of instance to be viable.
But don't hold your breath yet! I'm working on it, but I'm famously slow to realize things. A polyglot instance will open at some point in the future, but for now I can't give any time frame for this.
What we've abandoned for the automobile: The whole city of (ancient)Florence can fit in one Atlanta cloverleaf (2014)
"...the entire Duomo cathedral could fit in one of the loops of the interchange. You could spend days walking the streets of Florence (I have) and find three hundred and fifty thousand residents..."
All sacrificed so that "a small fraction of Atlanta workers to their jobs a bit sooner, barring any accidents."
In memoriam, Dawn Hardin.
Oh, one bonus toot. Based on the top 200 instances, the s factor of Zipf's law on the fediverse is approximately 1.3. If all the instances were taken into account, the factor could change. But I didn't find a quick way to grab the table other than manually, so I only used the top 200 instances.
Worried about the dominance of big instances? No, really, this is quite natural.
As an emergent and self-governing system, it could be expected that the size distribution of #Mastodon instances roughly follows Zipf's law.
At first you see the top 6 instances, and then the rest. But on a log-log scale the size distribution is close to a straight line, which would be expected from an emergent system.
I beg to differ. Focusing on "instances of one" is more likely to push people into the arms of Gastodon than to keep them here.
We resist Gastodon by turning instances into cooperatives, places where people are no longer users who need to obey what the "master" says, but peers who have a say and a vote.
Not everyone has the will, time, skills, resources and patience to install and maintain their own instance.