Yet another attempt to create a social network. This one’s called Mastodon. It is analogous to Twitter, i.e. short status updates with following, liking, comments. Web UI, and apps for assorted devices. It’s usenet like in with a user accounts residing on nodes and then the nodes stitched together into an exchange network. Open source with ties to the FSF/Gnu community.
We wish them the best of luck, this is hard rabbit to pull out the damn hat.
Here are some charts based on data taken from this page enumerating some of the nodes in the network. These are log log charts, and each point is for a single node. Their equivalent of Twiter’s tweet is being called a toot. Though in these charts it’s called a status.
A not unusual distribution for an unregulated social networks. It’s always delightful make up little stories about why there is a node who’s users have made an huge number of toots per user.