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The Fediverse - A decision-making aid


There are four different protocols the #ActivitiPub, #Diaspora and #OStatus and there is also the #DFRN protocol which is as good as dead.

Mastodon is the number 1 network with over 4.000.000 users followed by Diaspora with over 600.000 members. On place 3 comes #Pleroma with over 30.000 members followed by #Hubzilla on place 4 with over 10.000 members and on place 5 comes #Friendica with almost 4.000 members.

According to this calculation it would be clear that #Mastodon is the clear winner but here the idea of the #Federation (Association) takes hold. Let's see who can communicate with whom and what the result is, start with the winner.

Mastodon can communicate with Pleroma, Hubzilla and Friendica so that results in 4.044.00 users.

Diaspora can communicate with Hubzilla and Friendica, resulting in a total of 614,000 users.

Pleroma can communicate with Mastodon, Hubzilla and Friendica and has a comparable reach to Mastodon of 4,044,000 members.

Hubzilla can communicate with Friendica and Pleroma, resulting in a reach of 44,000 members.

Friendica can communicate with Mastodon, Diaspora, Pleroma, and Hubzilla, resulting in a reach of 4,644,000 people.

Friendica is the clear winner in terms of reach. Now everyone just has to find out for themselves which platform suits them best.

Interesting numbers which show the strength of Friendica. I also like Friendica because there is no character limit and it auto-complete threads better then everything else.

But to be fair I also have to say that even that it is possible to follow people across all this networks with Friendica, in practice it is often not that easy. I would call my self a person with quite some technical knowledge but it is not always intuitive to follow a Mastodon, Diaspora, Hubzilla, Pleroma,... account and I also know from other people who come to my profile page from one of the other networks and then fail to find out how to follow me. I think that's an area where Friendica could improve a lot to make this more intuitive.

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If you are thinking about joining the #Matrix, please do not use the Matrix.org homeserver. It has some disadvantages like disabled presence status and it is not good for the #federation at all to have one big instance where most of the users are bundled. Take a look at https://www.hello-matrix.net/public_servers.php for alternatives or even better, set up your own #synapse, which is pretty straightforward e.g. using @yunohost #selfhosting