I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Mastodon, is in fact, the Fediverse, or as I've recently taken to calling it, the ActivityPub-Fediverse. Mastodon is not a singular network unto itself, but rather a subnetwork of a greater "federated universe" - the Fediverse - realized by thousands of independent, live servers, each running an instance of one of an ensemble of platforms, all of which interoperate via the ActivityPub protocols.

Many Mastodon users surf a particular impression of the Fediverse every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the fraction of the network which is most widely used today is called "Mastodon", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the Fediverse, equally inhabited by users from other non-Mastodon servers.

There really is a Mastodon, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the Fediverse they use. Mastodon is an ActivityPub server for microblogging. Mastodon is an essential part of the Fediverse, but limiting by itself. The Fediverse experience manifests in the context of a complete network. Mastodon distributes content in combination with other ActivityPub servers. The whole network is basically ActivityPub servers with Mastodon being the most common; The so-called "Mastodon network" is really the Fediverse network.

@torresjrjr +1 however we need to get that across slowly otherwise you end up just confusing people. or risk that, esp if they are used to mainstream social media.

@torresjrjr Why do you say Mastodon is an essential part of the Fediverse? Surely the Fediverse could continue to operate without Mastodon?


You make a good point. I wanted to say "essential in the growth of the Fediverse".

If it wasn't obvious, this is satire.

@torresjrjr ah, the satire was wasted on me - thanks! And there was I thinking only Americans have an irony deficiency...

@torresjrjr couldn't you just explain it by saying Mastodon is basically one TV brand among many that are used to access the same shows?

I somehow always end up using cars in my analogies. TVs are a new one for me, and yeah, good idea.


People saying ‘mastadon’ when they mean the fediverse

this is like 2012-2013 when people saw my nexus and could tell it wasn’t an iphone, but only knew one thing about [not iphone] and would always ask “oh, is that the Samsung?”

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