The greatest challenge for Mastodon now that it’s getting mainstream attention is to figure out how to resist “embrace and privatise”.
Tomorrow Google announces Gastodon. What do you do to stop it becoming Gmail?
1. Push for instances of one
2. In order to make instances of one viable, simplify the complexity of the app itself: the lighter it is, the less dependencies, the easier it is to host. Installation should be no more difficult than sudo apt install mastodon
@aral @Gargron that’s why I set up my own Instance with masto.host. I don’t do programming. Masto.host builds the site, provides maintenance and data storage. It’s only $6/mo US. Self-programmed sites aren’t free either. Eventually you have to pay for data storage. It always ends up costing you something. Services like Masto.host increase diversity because it makes MSTDN accessible to non-programmers.
@feral_yogi Yes, but at the same time services such as masto.host *could* end up being the "next Google", just on a different level. Just imagine Google or Microsoft either buying or creating such a service themselves and offering people to run "their own mastodon instances free of charge" without any hassle - just point-and-click install and you're done. That's just the same way Google Mail made available e-mail to a load of "non-techies". 😉
Not out of spite, but because otherwise it means anything that I say that is federated out to those instances become part of their data.
BTW, this is why it's so important to have nomadic identities: if your instance gets bought by a bad actor, you want to be able to get out of there ASAP without losing your followers.
One of the first Mastodon instances, there is no specific topic we're into, just enjoy your time!