@kev I think part of the reason Mastodon.social being as large is because of most people probably don't understand what federation means.
I consider myself to be a littlbe bit technical and when I joined the fediverse 4-5 years ago I had NO IDEA whatsoever what federation in this context meant. I joined the largest instance that I could find and you can imagine my confusing when I started seeing posts from other instances.
@hund agreed. It was completely alien to me when I first started using it.
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