My dream for Mastodon is for it to be a viable choice as a publishing platform for any creator. In other words, for people to not feel like they're locked in to Twitter or Instagram if they want to be professionally successful.


@Gargron where do you see interop fit in this scenario? I think it's a key element to the ecosystem's success.

@flancian I'm responding to your message on from my account on Federation is interop.

@Gargron yes, of course you're right; I meant interop with networks not currently in the Fediverse; bridges across the ActivityPub/open protocol gap.

We run because we believe interop with Twitter is important, even if occasionally problematic.

@flancian More networks should implement ActivityPub, even if they are themselves not open-source/AGPLv3. I don't see any reason why any new social network (like that Glass one that recently popped up) shouldn't do that to instantly gain access to an established userbase.

@Gargron totally, it doesn't make sense for up and comers in particular, so I agree that long term the future lies in the [[fediverse]].

But the same argument, I believe, applies to bridges: they increase the value of networks.

@Gargron and I keep thinking of all the people that are left behind in Twitter/Instagram land while the freer network grows and reaches critical mass.

The sooner we reach critical mass, the sooner a majority of users get their freedom back.

@Gargron this is why I'm often surprised about how relatively anti-bridge the ActivityPub subgraph I'm embedded in seems to be by default.

If we had a million bridges interoping individual accounts plus their willing friends in remote networks (who could also be bridged with permission), it seems reproducing the bulk of the social graphs that companies have taken hostage would be a matter of time

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