Dear Fediverse,

Soon, some venture capitalist will put $5 million into a startup that offers free fediverse accounts with unlimited storage, etc.

Unless every other instance instantly blocks such a service from Day 1, you can kiss your fediverse goodbye and say hello to a new Gmail. Once network effects kick in, they will make the rules.

It _can_ happen here but you have an opportunity to kill it before it does.

#centralisation #fediverse

Here’s an idea: form a voluntary “Fediverse Code” that limits the size of instances to a small number. Say 100 or, at most 1,000. Any instances larger than that size are blocked.

The mega-instances we have today, like .social, voluntarily agree to cull their numbers over a period of time; aiding the migration to other instances.

The fediverse is already hugely centralised and unless we do something about it, it will be ruled by a handful of feudal lords/Mini-Jacks.

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@aral @Gargron the power of the instance concept needs to be eliminated. Unless there are zero advantages to join any specific instance then large communities will congregate. Unfortunately that concept is baked into Mastodon and its forebares, we might need another iteration of the fediverse that is true p2p to order to fix the threat of centralisation.

@stardot @aral @Gargron better account portability would certainly help. People start with the big instances and don't want to move and lose followers. If moving were easy, more people might be willing to leave the larger hosts

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