Hi and hello to all the old followers who might now notice that the account has moved.

I have been preparing for this for about a week, tooting about it giving people time to manually follow me here (or un-follow me at m.s if that's how the cookie crumbles). About 500 people did follow me manually, thank you!

I have now *moved* the account, and that means *all* followers are now moved to this new account. Welcome!

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Interestingly, about 25% of my m.s. followers did not show up following me here on m.t.

These are almost certainly accounts that were blocked or are at instances m.t does not federate with.

25% might seem like a lot, but consider:
- we're talking about moving a 4-year-old account across instances;
- when moving between walled-gardens one loses 100% of one's followers.

A smooth and easy account migration flow is super-important to a healthy fediverse. This makes me a happy rysiek! :ablobcatrainbow:

@rysiek Maybe some networking delays too which means some might catch up. Or servers that are so outdated they don’t support the move, your account *is* old

@Gargron @rysiek or maybe some of those accounts simply don't exist anymore. On pleroma they can still look like they're following you/vice versa, tho idk if masto has the same flaw.

@rysiek I haven't done a formal count, but 25% sounds within reason for my own experience.

Simple account attrition may account for much of that. Mastodon is dynamic, many people try it out for a bit, quite a few leave after a while.

I just did a check on my principle Aspect (sort of like a list) on Diaspora. It's a few years old, and I expected a fair share of no-shows. Of 42 profiles, only 3 had no traffic in 2+ years, another 4--5 hadn't posted in about 6 months, though seem to appear periodically. The rest were all active.

Just for a few more datapoints.

@rysiek Some of them might also be from instances that are no longer up. I've found that those tend to stay in your followers list, but the mover will check for those and not move them if there's no response. I moved from one not-often-blocked instance to this one, which at the time didn't block much at all and certainly wasn't blocked by anyone, and yet I lost several followers.
I wish there was a way to clean your followers like that, but without having to move first.

@rysiek Thanks. Great to be here. A fun time was had by all ;)
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