Why I Love the Fediverse

Written By: Jake Bauer | Posted: 2020-05-10 | Last Updated: 2020-05-10

The fediverse (federated universe) is made up of different pieces of federating software such as Pleroma or Mastodon. There are some obvious benefits to this model such as having the ability to run your own instance, the protocols and software being open source, and having control over your own data unlike on other platforms such as Facebook or Twitter, but that’s not what I want to focus on in this post.

A few years back I, swore off of social media after experiencing the toxicity of places like Reddit and Twitter which have undoubtedly been Septembered. The influx of “normal people” has lead to a decrease in the quality of discussions and an increase in the number of unpleasant encounters and general rudeness. There are bastions of sanity and most sites have the ability to block people, but it wears down on one’s morale over time especially when it feels like one can’t have good discussions anymore.

Using Mastodon (which is the only part of the fediverse I currently use), on the other hand, has been completely the opposite experience. I’ve noticed that people on Mastodon have been super welcoming, willing to help and incredibly nice. Perhaps its because Mastodon is still quite small compared to the walled garden social networks, or perhaps it’s because each instance has its own culture and set of people with common views, but regardless, it’s been a great experience.

… and here I was saying I’d never use social media.

(If you’re looking to give Mastodon a shot, and are interested at all in the FOSS community, a great hosted instance to sign up at is fosstodon.org. It’s run by some great folk and many of the people I follow are from there.).

This is my sixteenth post for the #100DaysToOffload challenge. You can learn more about this challenge over at https://100daystooffload.com.