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.
@Stoori If I may ask, why is an emergent system expected to follow Zipf's law?
@kdsch @Stoori though one can explain power law like distributions from a purely mathematical or distributional point of view, the most intuitive explanation is that there is an underlying preferential attachment process, or mechanism, generating it (at least thats what i remember from my classes 😆 ); that is, some instances are big because they were bigger than others in the past which gives them a bigger (higher?) chance to be chosen by new users (a positive feedback)
@marcelovmaciel @kdsch Of course, it boils down to the fact that people can choose their instance freely. If there was a mechanism to assign people randomly to different instances, the distribution would be totally different.
It will be interesting to look at the stats a year from now (etc.) and see if the s factor (in a sense a measure of concentration) stays stable or changes notably.
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