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 instances roughly follows Zipf's law.

Does it?

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.

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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.

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