Getting from "link to a toot" to "follow account" is another use case, where the federated nature of mastodon is just… inferior on a technical level :(

I'm really frustrated with all of this. Mastodon is fragmenting my social media habit; which would be fine, if I would at least see any hope that it'll succeed and if I could, in good conscience, recommend it to people…

There are three main reasons I am not optimistic about Mastodon: 1) it doesn't scale, technically. It is already struggling while still being ~3 orders of magnitude behind Twitter. 2) It's value proposition doesn't appeal to most users, on the contrary. Being federated will just mean "fragmented" to most people (if it wants to solve that, see 1). And 3) one of its core value propositions doesn't even make sense, namely that it could curb abuse. E-Mail is a good example of how little that works

I see several contradictions in its core ideas. And when push comes to shove, which will be dropped? Decentralization? Privacy, Security and Safety? User experience? Or, just the general idea to actually replace Twitter; in favor of becoming a niche platform for nerds and filter bubbles?

@Merovius to me, if mastodon really gets popular, the decentralization will automatically suffer, since there is a limited amount of people willing and able to run _big_ mastodon instances and thus there will be probably very few, very big instances (one per cultural group most likely).
That the safety/user experience will always be sacrificed for freedom in a federated model has to be part of the trade-of, if in the future that might appeal to more people than today, I can not tell


.@mxk I don't believe anyone would run a big instance (much less a _big_ instance). There would be no way to pay for it, without becoming literally Twitter. Meaning, more likely, there will be lots of small, fragmented instances which lack a coherent whole (reducing the value proposition significantly). At the same time, lots of small instances equates to Spam and uncurbed abuse, as in E-Mail.

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