Fediverse is a portmanteau of "federation" and "universe". It is a common, informal name for a somewhat broad federation of social network servers whose main purpose is microblogging, the sharing of short, public messages. By running social network software that supports a standard set of protocols called ActivityPub, independently run servers can connect to the Fediverse,[1] allowing its users to follow and receive short messages from each other, regardless of which particular ActivityPub server implementation they are running. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fediverse See esp Mastodon. See related IndieWeb.

Dec'2022: Where might this go?


  • For comparison, Twitter usage is currently 217M DAU (est 495M MAU). Mastodon usage is ~2.5M MAU (per (2022-12-08) Mastodon Growth Numbers Might Not Mean What You Think They Mean Absolutely Maybe).
  • Mastodon isn't the only system in the Fediverse: (2022-11-02) Axbom The Many Branches Of The Fediverse
  • every flavor of the Fediverse will involve multiple servers (with varying features) and multiple client apps (with varying features), and multiple add-on tools/servers like info sites, onboarding guides, search engines, etc
    • this creates multiple possible "targets" for a group of dissatisfied users are with common needs
  • There will probably be a roughly PowerLaw curve of app size, server size, and client-app (adoption) size.
  • Despite open protocols, Apple (iPhone iCloud) and gmail dominate email-hosting.
  • Some servers will be run as commercial enterprises.
  • Some commercial servers will aim to be just-sustainable Indie biz (cf MetaFilter - 6k MAU?)
  • Some servers will hope to become a BigCo.
  • Some servers will be run as hobbies, like old BBS systems. They may have some way to at least cover their hard-expenses, but will probably generate no significant income for the operator.
    • InfoWorld estimated that there were 60,000 BBSes serving 17 million users in the United States alone in 1994.
  • Some servers will be explicitly/legally structured as CoOps.
  • Many non-big servers will churn, like indie restaurants.
  • Hobby/indie servers will probably max out at ~1k DAU (2.5k MAU) (source?) based on moderation hassles. You'd need 200k such servers to match Twitter usage.


  • if you care, export your archive and post it on your own server: PESOS.

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