@sir The explosion in popularity of federation for 'social networks'(full ones, not simple email or irc), if it is ever to take place, will require a different implementation of ActivityPub(or other) than Mastodon/Pleroma/etc - probably one which is more Facebook-like.
Mastodon/Pleroma is a very good Twitter replacement but a Facebook replacement is what is required.
This will be much more likely to succeed if there is an accompanying advertising/propaganda push targeting Facebook/'normal internet' users.
@dublinux No thanks. The federated world needs meaningful conversations and community building, not another addictive twitter/facebook/instagram/snapchate clone. Profitable attention traps are not beneficial paradigms.
I wasn't suggesting a wholesale cloning of Facebook.
The very fact it would be federated would make it fundamentally different. One single company would not control the network - but rather thousands or millions of instances would.
It is perhaps this fundamental characteristic of the network which has prevented Mastodon/Pleroma from degenerating into a toxic arena or to use your phrase a 'profitable attention trap'.
I don't know of any fedi instances which make a monetary profit.
@dublinux Mastodon differs from Twitter for being community-driven and yet the UX/UI discourages any complex conversation that require threding and categories (think of NNTP or mailing lists). Stars, boosts, follows, short messages... it's all the same dopamine-fueled paradigm of twitter, minus the money.
This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!