Worried about the dominance of big instances? No, really, this is quite natural.
As an emergent and self-governing system, it could be expected that the size distribution of #Mastodon instances roughly follows Zipf's law.
At first you see the top 6 instances, and then the rest. But on a log-log scale the size distribution is close to a straight line, which would be expected from an emergent system.
@Stoori This JSON contains data of 1762 instances: https://instances.social/list.json?q%5Busers%5D=&strict=false
@mayel Thank you! Now if I only knew an easy way to extract just the user counts from that... :D
@mayel more like this:
cat list.json | tr ',' '\n' | grep users | tr -d '"users":' | sort -nr > usercount.txt
Seems to do what I want.
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