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". 😉
@teleclimber ... or even after such an incident, moving over to another instance without losing data or identity or followers needs to be a no-brainer that (at best) happens automatically thanks to fail-over mechanisms baked into the protocol. Same goes of course for switching nodes in case one gets sold or taken over by someone you don't want.
One of the first Mastodon instances, there is no specific topic we're into, just enjoy your time!