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@noodlejetski
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I’ve got some mixed feelings about this. on the one hand yay for more Fediverse recognition! on the other hand, once companies enter the 'verse and gather users, grow their servers to the scale not possible for independent instance admins due to the costs, and become dominant players, what’s stopping them from cutting their ties to the rest of the Fediverse and taking their userbase away? remember when GTalk and Facebook Messenger were both XMPP-compatible? I’ve seen some instances pledging to not federate with any future instances managed by Google, Facebook and the like in the future for that reason.

@hfkldjbuq
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That will happen. Be ready.

@_ed@sopuli.xyz
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Signup is via a Vivaldi dot net account portal not the instance, so it potentially grows their audience. Who knows if it’ll work out long term or where it goes but an interesting development.

@graphito
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Registering on defederated non-intranet instance just to receive news about only X company seems kinda silly tho

Cold Hotman
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I could see that happening. Also corporate level, investor-friendly level moderation and defederation. But it’s a way to get people on board, and introduce them to federated systems. I think companies like Vivaldi would bring a lot of legitimacy to Mastodon for mainstream users.

The biggest Norwegian Mastodon server is ran by a rather young man, out of pocket who asks for donations on Matrix. Nothing wrong with that - great instance, but I think a corporate instance would be a bit more “legit” to mainstream users.

Registering on defederated non-intranet instance just to receive news about only X company seems kinda silly tho

True, but with critical mass they could do what @noodlejetski@beehaw.org points to, defederate and close the system like Google and Facebook did.

@graphito
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Good points all around, ol’ chap. You made me think that those corporate instances might have unique features enabled by proprietary modules and bots + unlimited storage for attached media. To counter that, I suppose Mastodon should make a clause in their license prohibiting to run their software for profit

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