Soon, some venture capitalist will put $5 million into a startup that offers free fediverse accounts with unlimited storage, etc.
Unless every other instance instantly blocks such a service from Day 1, you can kiss your fediverse goodbye and say hello to a new Gmail. Once network effects kick in, they will make the rules.
It _can_ happen here but you have an opportunity to kill it before it does.
@Gargron Another problem with #MegaInstances is that development begins to favour their form, needs, and resources. Hence we have heavyweight components like Elastic Search that mega instances can implement but which are nigh-on impossible for individual instances to support. So we now have two classes of nodes and the feature disparity will further exasperate the trend towards centralised nodes. Remember that it was superior search + “free” hosting made Gmail what it is today.
@aral Half the features don't work right on megainstances. Like, the Local and Federated timelines.
The larger the instance, the more the useful columns drift left, until Home and Notifications become the only ones you can reasonably pay attention to.
I'm betting Federated becomes useless at 1500 users. scifi.fyi isn't quite there yet.
This still doesn't support the overly broad assertion that it's "impossible for individual instances to support" Elastic Search, IMO.
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@aral why do you feel like Elastic Search is easier for bigger instances but impossible for small instances? it's software—it's the same no matter how big you are
maybe you mean that Elastic Search requires a lot of memory, which is true, but so does Mastodon itself as you scale up! you can also configure it to run with less memory if you're in a small server, which is entirely appropriate for small instances
This is my personal Mastodon.