Posted by Neil Hague - memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 5 February 2023

The Breadth of the Fediverse

The Washington Post recently published an op-ed by Megan McArdle titled “Twitter might be replaced, but not by Mastodon or other imitators.” The article argues that Mastodon is falling into a common trap for open-source projects: building a look-alike alternative which improves things a typical user doesn’t care about, while missing elements that made the original successful.  Instead, she suggests that deposing Twitter will require something that is wholly new, and offer the masses something they didn’t know they wanted.

Where we disagree is that Mastodon (as part of the fediverse) does offer that in the form of a truly interoperable and portable social-media presence. Characterizing Mastodon as a mere Twitter-clone overlooks this strength of the fediverse to be or become any social platform you can imagine. That’s the power of protocols. The fediverse as a whole is a micro-blogging site, as well as for sharing photos, videos, book lists and reading updates, and more.

Since this is a widely held misconception about the fediverse, and as a picture is worth a thousand words, let’s take a look at how the wider world of ActivityPub works in practice.

Read more: The Breadth of the Fediverse 

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