📈 The new social web has reached another milestone: Mastodon passed 3 million users and PeerTube 100k users!📈
*But* please be aware: The Fediverse has to grow faster! Currently, it just keeps its level of monthly active users (#MAU) in a year-to-year comparison:
-0.2% Mastodon at currently 444,951 MAU
+2.7% Fediverse 493,924 MAU
Your question is a very valid one, though: Does #fediverse *need* to grow.
One the one hand I think it doesn't, and it is even a quality of this social fabric that it doesn't pursue growth as a metric for success.
Will fedi stagnate if devs jump ship, if a better, shinier #decentralization tech comes along?
--> we might become the 'bulletin boards' of social. Left behind.
Will fedi keep its identity and culture if right now a big tech player decides to adopt the technology and make it their own?
--> we might become the 'corporate fedi' with all the same nastiness of mainstream social media.
@lightweight "Corporate adoption of decentralisation" is such a big word. While I agree that social media companies like Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, Microsoft/LinkedIn are unlikely to wholeheartedly adopt decentralized networks/protocols, other corporate players might think different. Traditional media have a big problem with centralized services. Organisations and public services, too, e.g. due to privacy concerns. Other companies might do as well.