"What is ActivityPub and how will it change the Internet?". Nice post by @jdormit!


(The only thing I'd challenge is the bit about needing lots more users to compete with Facebook and Twitter - I think most active users here would say that the fediverse is doing well already & it doesn't have to become a wholesale Facebook/Twitter-slayer for it to be good and useful! I think in general we - I'm guilty of it too - spend too much time focusing on & comparing with them!)

@peter @jdormit Exactly. People outside #mastodon say "It'll never succeed" whereas people inside know it's "already succeeded"

@triptych @jdormit Yeah! I think @mahemoff made a great point here... We're so conditioned to the venture capital world of startups nowadays that we intuitively think that new ventures have to make it big or go bust. But that's not the nature of the economic model behind the fediverse, which is sustainable while just happily ticking along :) mastodon.xyz/@mahemoff/1005770


@peter @triptych @mahemoff Thanks for the shout out! 😊

I actually agree that the Fediverse is sustainable without needing to be competitive with the big players. The thing is, I think it has the potential to be so much more than just sustainable. It seems like the kind of technology that could make a profound difference in the way that we think about web content as a society - that's the kind of impact that will require mass adoption to achieve.

@jdormit @peter @triptych Yeah I don't mean to say it can't reach way bigger than "sustainable", just that any worldly ambition still has to have a sustainable trajectory, not just a sustainable endpoint. That's where most projects fail, whether open, federated, or commerical & centralised, but Mastodon seems more resilient to those forces.

@mahemoff @jdormit @peter I think that technologies like this are the first defense against the attack on the free web that is happening in the EU right now.

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